Visitors driving electric vehicles to Sanibel and Captiva Islands can now rest assured that they will be able to charge their cars while on island.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was recently held at the SanCap Chamber Visitor Center to celebrate their new electric-vehicle (EV) charging station with two plugins – the first public EV station on the islands – which had been in the planning stages before Hurricane Ian hit in September 2022.
Two parking spots on the right side at the back of the chamber parking lot are now designated for EV charging, open 24 hours daily. Users can pay at the station by credit card or with the ChargePoint app.
“This is an important step for the future of our destination, offering confidence to drivers of electric vehicles that they will find the infrastructure they need to charge their cars while experiencing our destination,” says John Lai, SanCap Chamber president and CEO.
“We encourage EV-chargers to spend time in our visitor center, using our tools to plan their island stay, talking with our trained and helpful staff, taking selfies with our oversized shell heart sculpture, and relaxing in our welcoming space newly renovated after Hurricane Ian. The chamber also lies at the crossroads of biking and hiking paths visitors can access and travel to local restaurants and retailers while they wait for their vehicle to recharge.”
Our Own Little Secret: Ocean’s Reach is also planning on offering EV charging capabilities — one station by Building 2 and another station by Building 3, each with two plugins — as part of our reconstruction plan. More details to come!