BURLINGTON – In the amount of time it takes to gas up and get a bite to eat, a new fast-charging station in Burlington will bring a fully depleted electric vehicle (EV) battery back to full strength. The new level 3 fast-charging station that sits in the parking lot at the PZAZZ! Entertainment Complex in Burlington is the first one in Iowa that can charge any vehicle capable of accepting a fast-charge.
The charging station can fully restore most EV batteries in 45-60 minutes. There is currently no cost to the public to use the charger. The same parking lot also features free level 2 EV chargers. Many EV drivers can choose this option if they just need to “top off” their battery or plan on a longer stay.
“These charging stations will help reduce range anxiety by providing EV drivers what is essentially an electric gas station,” says Gilbert Nunez, manager of business support and development for Alliant Energy. “We believe the ability to plug in and charge away from home gives drivers the freedom to go where they want, when they want and still get home with miles to spare on their batteries.”
“The EV charging options we have at the PZAZZ! Entertainment Complex fit every driver’s needs,” says Megan Bell, director of marketing and advertising for Great River Entertainment. “With more EV models on the way, these charging stations will make our casino and hotel a destination for more and more customers.”
Settlement money from the Volkswagen Iowa Environmental Mitigation Trust is expected to expand Iowa’s EV charging network. At the moment, there are 247 public charging stations in Iowa.
Alliant Energy was a consultant for the project and our community and business EV charger rebate program provided a rebate to PZAZZ! Entertainment. Alliant Energy also offers rebates for purchasing a new or used electric vehicle.
To kick off the opening of the DC fast-charging station, a free electric vehicle Ride and Drive event will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, September 15 at the PZAZZ! Entertainment Complex, 3001 Winegard Drive. Burlington, Iowa. Car dealers will have a variety of electric vehicles for you to test drive. Alliant Energy will also be available to discuss rebates that make purchasing an EV more affordable. Visit alliantenergy.com/ev to learn more.