Mote Aquarium’s electric vehicle charging stations are part of FPL’s EV charging initiative – FPL EVolution – to accelerate the electrification of transportation in Florida and reduce carbon emissions.
Celebrate National Drive Electric Week with an environmentally-friendly visit to Mote Aquarium thanks to multiple electric vehicle (EV) charging stations. Guests are welcome to plug in and charge their EVs for free while they enjoy their time at Mote Aquarium. The charging infrastructure is part of Florida Power & Light Company’s electric vehicle pilot program, FPL EVolution.
Since its founding in 1955, Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium has been committed to marine research that promotes sustainable use of our oceans, In addition to the world-class research and conservation efforts that include restoring degraded reefs in the Florida Keys, restocking vulnerable fish populations, working towards solutions that fight Florida red tide, and more, Mote’s campuses have adopted “green” practices that can lessen our impact on the environment. Some of these practices range from staff-led beach cleanups, on-campus composting, and eliminating single-use plastics from the Aquarium diner and gift shop. Mote’s EV charging stations, part of FPL Evolution, are frequently utilized by staff, volunteers, Aquarium visitors, or even drivers visiting nearby Ken Thompson Park on City Island. The stations are available at no-cost to the user.
EVs offer a variety of benefits to the driver, including reduced carbon emissions and increased savings! Tag @motemarinelab and @fplconnect next time you plug in!
About Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium:
Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, based in Sarasota, Florida, has conducted marine research since its founding as a small, one-room laboratory in 1955. Since then, Mote has grown to encompass more than 20 research and conservation programs that span the spectrum of marine science: sustainable aquaculture systems designed to alleviate growing pressures on wild fish populations; red tide research that works to inform the public and mitigate the adverse effects of red tide with innovative technologies; marine animal science, conservation and rehabilitation programs dedicated to the protection of animals such as sea turtles, manatees and dolphins; and much more. Mote Aquarium, accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, is open 365 days per year. Learn more at mote.org or connect with @motemarinelab on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
About FPL Evolution:
FPL plans to install more than 1,000 charging points at more than 100 locations across the state, which could increase the current availability of charging stations by more than 50%. In addition to encouraging drivers to go electric, FPL EVolution charging infrastructure will collect valuable data to help FPL further advance electric transportation and prepare for the future when one in four cars sold on the road are expected to be electric by 2025.
EV drivers can download the FPL EVolution app to find and navigate the closest FPL charging station. The app will reroute users to the selected station where drivers will scan a code and connect their EV to the station to begin charging. The app will also provide users with port availability, outages, charging history, trends, nearby amenities and more.