Are you interested in electric vehicles (EVs) but unsure where you would charge? MGE has added the first pole-mounted EV charging station to its network of more than 50 public charging stations!
The charger—which is attached to an existing MGE utility pole—is located in Madison’s Darbo-Worthington neighborhood on the city’s east side. A first-of-its-kind in our community, the charger offers curbside charging near Worthington Park.
Benefits of pole-mounted EV chargers
Studies show that about 80% of EV charging happens at home. This can be challenging for drivers who don’t have a garage or dedicated parking.
MGE, with the City of Madison, is exploring the use of pole-mounted charging stations in areas currently without easy access to EV charging. Benefits of pole-mounted charging stations include:
- Convenient, curbside charging for use by nearby residents.
- The use of existing utility infrastructure, which makes them easier to install and to scale.
- The opportunity to help facilitate sustainable transportation by increasing access to EV charging. The electrification of transportation is a key strategy for reducing carbon and to achieving our shared goal of net-zero carbon electricity by 2050.
As we test the technology, other locations in the city are being evaluated for additional pole-mounted charging stations.