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Aiken company hoping to rev use of electric cars

Posted: August 19, 2014 - 12:36pm

An Aiken-based waste-removal business is urging the use of electric cars in the area by adding charging stations at businesses.

There are about 100 electric cars across the metro area, and Dumpster Depot founder Norman Dunagan said he hopes the new infrastructure will encourage ownership of 100 more this year.

“What we’re trying to do is educate human resource managers that this can be a great employee benefit for them to install a charging station at work,” he said.

By the end of September, there will be nine businesses equipped with chargers that will give vehicles an 80-percent battery charge in two hours.

The charge lasts for 80 to 100 miles, Dunagan said.

Within the next year, Dunagan said, he’d like to have 28 stations in Augusta and Aiken. Six more locations are in the works, he said.

“After we get these first nine put in, you’re never more than 10 miles from a charger in Aiken or Augusta,” Dunagan said. “Our second goal is to make it to where you’re never more than 5 miles away from an electric charger.”

Dunagan will pay $3,500 to $4,000 for each charger, which is compatible with every electric vehicle model. The participating businesses will pay for the installation and electric service price, Dunagan said.

“What I’m trying to do is make sure that we’re creating a free network in the Aiken/Augusta market, which I think will move our whole movement forward a lot faster,” he said, “because people are not going to want to pay $3 every time that they charge their car.”

Dumpster Depot was formed a decade ago in Aiken to provide waste-removal services for commercial and construction businesses. The company diverts more than 50 percent of collected waste from landfills.

Reach Jenna Martin at (706) 823-3217

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