ELKHART, Ind. (Inside INdiana Business) — The 157-mile long Indiana Toll Road now features two fast-charging stations as a plan for an electric charging network begins for ITR Concession Co. The first two stations are online in Rolling Prairie at the Wilbur Shaw and Knute Rockne travel plazas.
ITRCC worked with Martell Electric to install the advanced electric charging infrastructure in the travel plazas. Electric car drivers will have access to Level 3 charging, known as “DC Fast Charging”. ITR says the charging stations can provide an 80% charge in 30 minutes.
Drivers will be able to easily find the stations since they’re synced with the EVConnect cloud platform, which allows drivers to search for charging stations from their phone. A smartphone app also allows for secure payments, active charging data and real-time notifications.
ITRCC Chief Executive Officer Nic Barr says electric charging matches the company’s goals for environmental sustainability.
“We know electric vehicles travel our road, and we’re happy to give them a place to charge up,” Barr said. “As more customers switch to electric, we’ll be ready to deploy more charging infrastructure to our other travel plazas, meeting our customers everywhere they go,” said Barr.
ITRCC is also looking at providing electric vehicles for its employees after a Chevy Bolt was purchased for staff in a pilot program to find the feasibility of a larger rollout of electric vehicles.
The company did not disclose how much it is investing in the charging stations.