Pole-Mounted EV Charging Station Now Available to Drivers

Charger attaches to an existing utility pole for curbside access. 

pole-mounted charger plugged into an electric vehicle
Are you interested in electric vehicles (EVs) but unsure where you would charge? MGE has added the first pole-mounted EV charging station to its network of more than 50 public charging stations, all of which are powered by renewable energy!
The charger—which is attached to an existing MGE utility pole—is located in Madison’s Darbo-Worthington neighborhood on the city’s east side. A first-of-its-kind in our community, the charger offers curbside charging near Worthington Park.

Benefits of pole-mounted EV chargers

Studies show that about 80% of EV charging happens at home. This can be challenging for drivers who don’t have a garage or dedicated parking.
MGE, with the City of Madison, is exploring the use of pole-mounted charging stations in areas currently without easy access to EV charging. Benefits of pole-mounted charging stations include: 

  • Convenient, curbside charging for use by nearby residents.
  • The use of existing utility infrastructure, which makes them easier to install and to scale.
  • The opportunity to help facilitate sustainable transportation by increasing access to EV charging. The electrification of transportation is a key strategy for reducing carbon and to achieving our shared goal of net-zero carbon electricity by 2050.

As we test the technology, other locations in the city are being evaluated for additional pole-mounted charging stations.

MGE charging network

MGE hosts a network of more than 50 public charging stations throughout the greater Madison area. The electricity at our public stations is 100% renewable—generated at MGE-owned wind farms in Wisconsin and Iowa and by MGE’s solar installations!

Visit mge.com/evcharging to learn more about our network. 


There’s a lot to love about EVs

Visit mge.com/LovEV to learn about available vehicle models, costs, benefits and more.


published: Nov-30-2023