As part of his Renew Virginia initiative, Governor Timothy M. Kaine announced on Sept. 22, 2009 a partnership with Dominion Virginia Power to install electric vehicle charging stations at certain state rest areas. These charging stations, installed at no cost to the state, are designed to accommodate most of today's hybrid electric vehicles and use of the stations will be complimentary.
Earlier in September, the first electric vehicle charging stations were installed at the westbound New Kent Safety Rest Area on Interstate 64 (pictured above) and can charge up to four vehicles at a time. The stations charge vehicles at 120 volts and will eventually be upgraded to 240 volts. The Virginia Department of Transportation will continue to work with Dominion to identify other facilities for electric vehicle charging station installations.