CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Electric car charging stations could be a reality in the Queen City by next summer.
The Charlotte City Council will vote Monday night on hiring a firm to install 26 charging stations around the city.
They would be installed at the Government Center parking deck; several CATS park and ride lots; also two locations on Tryon Street in uptown; and along South Boulevard in Southend.
Just like the saying, it's a case of: "If you build it, they will come."
Mayor Anthony Foxx says it's about getting the city ready for electric cars, so they're a more viable option for Charlotte drivers.
He calls Charlotte a "trailblazer" in the effort to make electric cars more of a reality, only a few cities nationwide have installed charging stations.
The charging stations are made possible by a federal grant from the Department of Energy. Foxx says the city asked for public input on how to spend the dollars.
Drivers can charge their cars for free, until the grant money runs out.