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LAZ Parking to introduce Tesla charging stations at its lots, garages across the country

Kenneth R. Gosselin, Hartford Courant on

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LAZ Parking said Thursday it will install 500 Tesla electric vehicle charging stations in its parking venues nationwide.

The parking giant said it chose Tesla because the brand accounts for more than 85% of the electric cars driven in the United States. LAZ said Tesla drivers will be able to find at its lots and garages by using a Tesla app and a touch screen in their vehicles.

The introduction of the “pay-for-use” charging stations also is part of a strategy to attract more vehicle drivers to LAZ venues and generate more revenue for its clients. Residential, commercial, hotel and retail locations are the target locations for the launch.

“This initiative recognizes the rapid growth of the electric vehicle market and positions our clients to meet the fast-growing demand for charging stations,” LAZ chairman and chief executive Alan Lazowski said, in a release.

The rates, LAZ said, will be competitive with other Tesla chargers nearby.

 

In Connecticut, Teslas can only be leased, but there is a push again this year in the General Assembly to permit electric vehicle manufacturers to sell directly to the consumer. Citing environmental concerns, legislators backing the bill are looking to put 500,000 electric cars on Connecticut’s roads by 2030, up from 12,000 now.

President Joe Biden, an advocate for accelerating the use of electric vehicles and charging stations, last week announced new grants to further build the country’s network of charging stations. In March, the White House said, the nation has surpassed the milestone 100,000 public charging stations.

Biden’s proposed $2 trillion infrastructure plan includes $174 billion in spending to boost the electric vehicle market and shift away from gas-powered cars. The plan is aimed at curbing global warming greenhouse gas emissions.

On Friday, Axios reported that U.S. electric car sales more than doubled in the first quarter of this year compared to the same period in 2020. U.S. sales still lag markets in Europe and China, Axios said, citing new data from the International Energy Agency, but are starting to pick up speed.

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