City of Okeechobee partners with FPL to bring EV charging stations

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Okeechobee, FL – The city of Okeechobee partnered with Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) to install four Level 3 electric vehicle (EV) fast-charging stations off State Road 70, at City Hall Park. The chargers, which are now available for public use, provide EV drivers with a convenient place to charge up in just a few minutes.

These are the first fast chargers in Okeechobee County and the first universal fast chargers compatible with most EV types on SR 70, allowing drivers to travel across the state with ease.

The City Council appreciates FPL teaming with the City to provide this service for Okeechobee citizens as well as visitors to the area. Keeping Okeechobee relevant and up to date on this type of technological offerings is crucial for Okeechobee's continued growth. This partnership is part of FPL EVolution, an innovative pilot program designed to increase the number of EV charging stations throughout Florida by 50% and support EV adoption. Through the program, FPL plans to install more than 1,000 charging stations in more than 100 locations across Florida including public parks, shopping malls and some of the large companies that employ thousands of Florida residents.

“Fast charging in Florida has been limited in the number of locations and the type of EVs that could plug in,” said Anuj Chokshi, development project director at FPL. “This partnership with the city of Okeechobee gives EV drivers traveling across the state on State Road 70 the freedom to quickly and easily charge their vehicles and continue on their journeys.”

FPL EVolution’s fast-charging network is designed to make it easier for Floridians to drive electric. The more than 800 mile stretch of fast-charging stations is strategically located from coast to coast, giving EV drivers more range confidence by allowing them to plug in every 50 miles.

EV drivers can download the FPL EVolution app on iOS App Store and Google Play to find and navigate the closest FPL charging station. The app will reroute users to the selected station where drivers will scan a code and connect their EV to the station to begin charging. The app will also provide users with port availability, outages, charging history, trends, nearby amenities and more.

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