County Raises Electric Vehicle Charging Fees

As Loudoun County prepares to open parking garages at the Silver Line Metro stops, supervisors have set the additional fee that electric vehicles owners will pay to park at charging stations at $2.10 per session.

That is an increase over the $1.44 per session cost established in 2011 for the Harmony Park & Ride in Hamilton, currently the only county government-owned parking with electric vehicle charging stations. At the time, the fee was meant to defray the cost of operating and powering those stations. County staff members have indicated that price is no longer enough to cover those costs.

Thirty more charging stations will be installed at the two county-owned Metro parking garages, which will also charge for parking when the Silver Line starts service in Loudoun, prompting a new assessment of that price. Vice Chair Koran T. Saines (D-Sterling) urged his colleagues to provide those charging stations without any additional fee, but the majority of supervisors voted to impose charges.

“You’re frankly going to have the same people using this over and over again in all likelihood, given commuting patterns, so I wouldn’t want those same relatively few individuals to benefit from this,” said Supervisor Matthew F. Letourneau (R-Dulles). “It is standard practice on the commercial side to charge for electricity.”

He also said he didn’t want to be in the position of doing away with the charging station fee, then later having to reinstitute it as more and more electric vehicles begin using the stations and costs grow.

“I don’t think we should pay for other people’s parking, unless someone wants to pay for my gas,” said County Chair Phyllis J. Randall (D-At Large).

Supervisors on March 16 voted 8-1 to establish the fee, with Saines opposed.

3 thoughts on “County Raises Electric Vehicle Charging Fees

  • 2021-03-23 at 3:44 pm
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    Wow. You can’t make this stuff up. The mental giants on the BoS are concerned about pennies (PENNIES!) being spent on electric charge stations. How about doing something about out-of-state commuters using Loudoun’s commuter bus service? Why am I paying taxes in order to make the commute easier and cheaper for WV’ers and MD’ers?

    Every day these people come up with new and creative ways to make any reasonable person wonder about the intellect of the BoS.

  • 2021-03-24 at 3:52 pm
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    Mr. Letourneau is worried a relatively few number of people might benefit from a county service that is offered to virtually no one in the county? We can’t have people benefiting from county programs or services! As has been pointed out, the BoS is quibbling over pennies as Loudoun suffers from their mismanagement.

    “You’re frankly going to have the same people using this over and over again in all likelihood, given commuting patterns, so I wouldn’t want those same relatively few individuals to benefit from this,” said Supervisor Matthew F. Letourneau (R-Dulles). “It is standard practice on the commercial side to charge for electricity.”

  • 2021-03-29 at 11:39 am
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    I support reasonable fees for public EV chargers that offset the modest costs of equipment and electricity. However, the notion that these only benefit the few EV drivers is false. We all benefit from cleaner air and the true costs to our health from burning gas to get around are significant.

    “I don’t think we should pay for other people’s parking, unless someone wants to pay for my gas,” said County Chair Phyllis J. Randall

    The costs to society have been estimated at $3.80 per gallon ABOVE the price paid at the pump. So I guess we are paying for your gas Phyllis.

    When will our County join the many municipalities around the Country transitioning their fleet of gas-burning vehicles to EV? So many options now with reduced costs to the taxpayer when factoring in maintenance and fuel.

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