Yellowstone-Teton Clean Cities (YTCC) is launching the ‘Level 2 Charging Program’ for the second year, after a successful pilot initiative in 2023. This program is designed to increase electric vehicle adoption and charging infrastructure throughout Teton County. With a $10,000 grant from Teton Conservation District, YTCC aims to support additional level 2 charging projects.
This program reopens on Monday, February 12th, 2024, welcoming applications from any business, organization, or multi-unit dwelling within Teton County. Applicants have the option to choose between two support options: applying for funding (up to $1,000), or requesting two pre-purchased level 2 charging units from YTCC for self-installation. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, with funding announcements scheduled for mid-April. Chargers will be distributed shortly thereafter.
To apply for the program fill out the application form HERE.
Why is this Program Needed?
Any business, organization, or multi-unit dwelling (MUD) with an area for parking and charging units within the limits of Teton County, WY can apply to fund a level 2 charger at either their place of work or their home if it is a MUD. There will be two options to receive support through this program.
Who is Eligible?
Currently, there are 22 Level 2 and DC fast charging station locations with 49 ports available to the public. Only a handful are considered “workplace charging” where an employee can charge during their working hours. In addition, there are no level 2 charging stations currently available at MUDs. Those living in MUDs may not have a dedicated garage or even parking space and if they rent, the ability to charge an electric vehicle at home is even more complex and potentially cost-prohibitive to install.
This new program can support those who will now have to install stations due to the new electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) ordinance passed on January 17th, 2023. The EVSE land development regulation (LDR) amendment, proposed by YTCC, provides the guidance to require charging infrastructure and electric vehicle charging station “ready” spaces to support electric vehicle charging stations at newly constructed workplaces, multi-unit dwellings (MUDs), and residential locations. The intent is to install charging infrastructure at the time of construction when it is least expensive to do so and to allow future MUD homeowners or renters access to charging at home. This amendment aligns well with the Town of Jackson’s NetZero 2030 goal.
About Level 2 Charging
Level 2 equipment offers charging through 240 volt (in residential applications) or 208 volt/3 phase (in commercial applications) electrical service, and is common for home, workplace, and public charging. Level 2 chargers can fully charge a battery electric vehicle (BEV) from empty in 4-10 hours and a plug-in electric vehicle (PHEV) from empty in 1-2 hours. Therefore Level 2 charging is ideal for many workplaces where workers can charge during their work day. Access to level 2 charging is also important for renters and owners of MUDs. Studies show that 80% of electric vehicle charging happens at home overnight and there are not any multi-unit dwellings (MUDs) with level 2 charging currently available in Teton County.