First electric vehicle charging station to open in Drax Hall — JPS

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First electric vehicle charging station to open in Drax Hall — JPS

Monday, November 23, 2020

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Jamaica's first publicly accessible charging station for electric vehicles is to be opened at Boots Gas Station in Drax Hall, St Ann just in time for the New Year, the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) has announced.

The power company said it anticipates that by March 2021, the country will have a total of 10 electric vehicle charging stations, as it has signed contracts with TOTAL Jamaica for the construction of charging stations at four of its locations, beginning with Ironshore, St James by the end of January.

The other TOTAL charging stations will be in Manor Park and Harbour View in St Andrew, and Port Antonio, Portland.

Senior Vice President of Generation and Special Projects at JPS, Joseph Williams, noted that the inclusion of these stakeholders, is an excellent first step in creating the infrastructure necessary to support the widespread use of electric cars, buses and other vehicles.

“Our stakeholders are an important part of making this programme a reality. These two retailers are a great start – giving us outlets in both the Corporate Area and rural Jamaica. And there is more to come,” he hinted.

“We are in discussions with a number of major players in the gasoline retail industry, as well as locations that see high levels of vehicular traffic.”

Boots CEO, Wayne Boothe, said he was excited to be the first gasoline retailer to sign on to have an electric vehicle charging station at his operation.

Speaking at the recent contract signing in the garden parish of St Ann, he enthusiastically responded, “Hey! When innovation knocks, the place to find it is at Boot. We will be charging electric cars in the near and foreseeable future. Everything in one Boot!”

Meanwhile, TOTAL Managing Director, Christopher Okonmah, expressed his pleasure in the development.

“We are happy to partner with The Jamaica Public Service Company on what we consider a pioneering and conscientious local initiative. This initiative aligns with TOTAL's global strategy of becoming The Responsible Energy Major, specifically through accelerating the growth of electric vehicle charging business.”

JPS noted that in addition to being more environmentally friendly, electric vehicles may also be cheaper to operate than the traditional gasoline or diesel powered automobiles.

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