The electric car-charging station at Seventh and Columbia is now ready to go. Users will need an Aerovironment key fob to charge at the station. Call 888-833-2148 for info on how to charge if you are not a part of the subscriber network.
Photo by Ben McCarty.
Hood River’s electric car charging station is charged up and ready to go.
The Aerovironment charging station — which can top up the battery on electric cars — was installed earlier this month and recently became fully operational.
Two spots in the city lot at seventh and Columbia are now designated for EV exclusive use for the charger, and ODOT will soon begin installing signs on and near I-84 to lead electric motorists to the station.
“The last couple weeks, we’ve had half a dozen calls asking when it will be working,” said Hood River City Manager Bob Francis.
With a meter installed and the station charged up, those interested in charging up their car on their way into or out of town have their answer.
“It’s ready to go,” Francis said.
The city contributed the spots in its lot for the project and will take in 5 percent of the revenue generated in electricity sales from the charging station.
The station includes two charging spots; one fast-charge station and one extended charging station.
The project is part of a larger network throughout Oregon funded by a Federal TIGER grant, with the plan of linking those stations in to the West Coast Electric Highway project, which will eventually span the length of Interstate 5.
For more information on the entire project, visit ODOT’s Innovative Partnerships program page at http://1.usa.gov/NArfbK.