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Ames opens its first fast-charging station for electric vehicles

City officials held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday afternoon in celebration of the new station.

AMES, Iowa — The City of Ames made history Tuesday afternoon when officials opened its very first electric vehicle fast-charging station. 

The direct current fast charger (DCFC) for electric vehicles is now located at the Kum & Go at 2108 Isaac Newton Drive. The DCFC can charge cars to 80% in about half an hour. 

Those who attended the event were invited to look at EV car displays featuring Tesla, a Chevy Bolt, a Ford Mustang Mach-E and more. 

Ames leaders said it's an opportunity to showcase what's possible today when it comes to getting around. 

"An event like today basically gives people an opportunity to look at not just one brand, but many brands of electric vehicles," said Donald Kom, director of electric services for Ames. "Come out and ask questions of the dealers— come out and ask questions. A lot of these people just brought their own vehicle down because they care about it."

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