Electric vehicle (EV) charging has arrived in Miami Beach! EV owners can now charge their cars at the City of Miami Beach’s parking garage located at 1301 Collins Avenue. Four EV dedicated parking spaces are available there and are the first EV charging stations open to the public on Miami Beach; however, the Fontainebleau Miami Beach has a charging station available for hotel visitors driving electric vehicles.
Miami Beach is a city that’s serious about sustainability, introducing a city-wide car sharing service back in January and other environmental and energy saving initiatives over the last few years.
Hertz on Demand car sharing, pay-as-yougo service offers an economical, convenient and socially conscious alternative to car ownership. Residents and tourists alike can sign up online and reserve cars which can be picked up from one of Hertz On Demand’s conveniently located hubs. Miami Beach was the first city in Florida to introduce a car sharing program.
DECOBIKE is the City’s bike sharing and rental program, encouraging visitors and residents to explore Miami Beach via bike. This green mode of transportation allows riders to check out and return available bikes from stations located thorough Miami Beach. Both hourly rentals and membership programs are available.
In addition to the bike and car sharing programs, the city offers a Hybrid/Low emission vehicle incentive program for vehicles with an EPASmartway rating of 6 or greater, as well as street legal electric vehicles, and mandatory citywide recycling.
The City is putting its money where its mouth is, investing in a citywide energy audit with partner Ameresco to identify green practices that will save the City money in the long run. A geo-thermal chiller system is already underway to provide energy-efficient service to City buildings. In addition, the City’s approach to new projects includes sustainable initiatives, such as the use of saltwater-tolerant paspalum sod on the City’s world class golf courses, and ensuring that the tennis courts at the Flamingo Park Tennis Center use the latest in eco-friendly technology. The new Fast-Dry courts will decrease water conservation by 50% on an annual basis by using a patented advance subsurface irrigation system instead of the traditional system currently in place.