by: Gentry Baumline-Robinson
One Daytona announced plans for the installation of six fast-charging ports at the center on Wednesday, March 31, as part of Florida Power and Light Company’s FPL Evolution, a pilot program designed to boost Florida’s electric vehicle infrastructure and support EV adoption across the state. The installation is scheduled to be complete by Aug. 31.
FPL Evolution is partnering with large employers, municipalities, and tourism destinations across the state to install over 1,000 charging ports at more than 100 locations over an approximate three-year period. These include a network of fast-charging stations that will allow drivers to plug in every 50 miles along major highways and corridors such as I-95 and the Florida Turnpike.
“FPL is a leader when it comes to clean energy in Florida, and we know that electric vehicle adoption plays a pivotal role in creating sustainable transportation," said Anuj Chokshi, project director of development for the FPL EVolution program. "By building a network of fast-charging EV stations throughout the state, we are creating the infrastructure necessary to support EV drivers. If you live in Daytona Beach or are traveling through the area, the FPL EVolution fast-charging stations at One Daytona provides an opportunity to charge your vehicle, enjoy nearby amenities, and within 30 minutes you are charged up and ready to get back on the road.”
In Florida, EV ownership has increased by more than 300% since 2013, making it the second largest EV state in the U.S. With emissions standards tightening worldwide, it is estimated that one in five vehicles sold in the U.S. will be battery powered by 2030. Electric vehicles need to be charged regularly to maximize their range. Owning an EV can benefit both the environment and the wallet with helping to reduce carbon emissions and save money on fuel.
“FPL is a great partner of Daytona International Speedway and now One Daytona,” said Roxanne Ribakoff, president of One Daytona. “The fast charging stations will be an added convenience for our guests, visitors at our two hotels and residents at Icon One Daytona. In addition, we look forward to attracting visitors traveling the nearby I-95 / I-4 corridors as more drivers transition to electric vehicles.”
The six fast charging stations will be located in the parking lot next to Bass Pro Shops and near P.F. Changs and Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery. Each station has CCS and CHAdeMO Level 3 charging connectors used by most EVs. Teslas use a propriety platform, but can still charge here by using an adapter.