Nine city-owned parking garages had electric vehicle charging stations installed Wednesday along with creation of 18 dedicated parking spaces for the effort in each garage.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake drove a 2011 Chevy Volt to as part of a demonstration about the plug-in stations that offer a free hot shot for drivers who are paying to park in the city-owned garages.
The mayor said city officials are test-driving the Chevy Volt this week. In the past, city workers have test-driven the Toyota Prius for possible hybrid additions to the city’s fleet of government vehicles. Both are quasi-electric cars and use plug-in technology.
The $134,366 cost for installation of the charging stations was funded through a grant from the Maryland Energy Administration.
Rawlings-Blake was joined by Department of General Services Director Theodore “Ted” Atwood, Parking Authority of Baltimore City Executive Director Peter Little and Baltimore Gas &Electric Co. official John Murach.
Electric vehicle chargers can be found in these city garages:
* Arena Garage, 99 S. Howard St., on the second level
* Baltimore Street Garage, 15 Guilford Ave., on the second level
* Caroline Street Garage, 805 S. Caroline St., on the first level
* Lexington Street Garage, 510 E. Lexington St., on the second level
* Little Italy Garage, 400 S. Central Ave., on the first level
* Penn Station Garage, 1151 N. Charles St., on level 1B
* Redwood Street Garage, 11 S. Eutaw St., on the lower level
* Water Street Garage, 414 Water St., on the third level
* West Street Garage, 40 E. West St., on the lower level