Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Downtown Shreveport unveils first public use EV chargers

by BIZ Magazine

The Downtown Shreveport Development Corporation (DSDC) is proud to show off downtown Shreveport’s first public use Level 2 EV Chargers, installed in the front drive at the Shreveport Aquarium, 601 Clyde Fant Parkway.

Installation on three new Level 2 EV (Electric Vehicle) chargers at the Shreveport Aquarium is finishing up, and soon, visitors will be able to plug in and get a charge in downtown Shreveport.

DSDC reached out to the aquarium about placing the chargers there and aquarium Founding Partner Jon Whitehead was thrilled, quickly saying ‘yes.’

“EV chargers absolutely fit the Shreveport Aquarium’s mission, both for downtown and overall,” says Whitehead. “One of our primary goals is conservation and sustainability, and the EV chargers will allow us to check another box in that mission.”

DSDC Executive Director Liz Swaine wrote the grant to the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality for the EV chargers and looked at multiple downtown locations to deploy the chargers.

“The aquarium was hands down the best location,” Swaine says. “The chargers will be available to anyone who wishes to use them 24 hours a day/seven days a week. People who are charging up can go to the aquarium & the RiverWalk Cafe, the casinos, the shops in the Red River District and beyond, to Sci Port and Sci-Port’s IMAX theater. Considering all the amenities nearby, charging up at the aquarium could be like a short vacation getaway.”

“The chargers are easy to see and quite public,” says aquarium General Manager Josh Evans. “The aquarium’s three stations will be listed in a national charger database, and we hope to see people come by for a charge but stay for the downtown attractions and amenities.”

The three chargers are being installed by EverCharge of Louisiana and should be fully functional by the first of 2024.

“We’re very excited to partner with the Shreveport Aquarium to bring the first completely public EV chargers to Downtown Shreveport,” says Swaine. “It gives travelers one more reason to choose Downtown Shreveport.”

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