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Port Orchard fires up its two charging stations

Charging for electric vehicles have installed in downtown Port Chris Henry/Kitsap Sun

PORT — Two sleek electric-vehicle charging on the Port Orchard waterfront are on ready to go.

Never mind there’s not exactly a line at pumps just off Frederick The city is doing its part to a trail in the emerging electric market, said Rich of ECOtality. a private company with the federal Department of to establish EV fueling stations the nation.

Mayor Lary will host a ribbon-cutting at 11 Monday to introduce the newfangled About 50 percent of the total $21,546, was covered by a federal grant.

We see it as a way to get tourists to come over Seattle’s a huge market for type of thing, Coppola

And Kitsap’s coming along.

to the state’s Department of Licensing, were 21 electric vehicles in the county a little more a year ago. Today, are 60. About a third of those are Leafs, which began here in April .

Lisa of Kingston, a new Leaf owner, her car is everything it’s cracked up to be, plenty of power and an almost appetite for energy.

Knox and Paul Lundy have yet to the boundaries of the Leaf’s reported range. She mostly uses it for although several trips to where charging stations are prevalent, were a success.

So far, Kitsap County’s stations — other than units — are few and far between. Privately stations are located at the Masi in Suquamish and Advantage Nissan in Within the next few months, Transit will use federal funds to install stations at Corner in Kingston and the Harper in South Kitsap.

Knowing are charging stations in Port would provide Knox if not a stand-alone incentive to visit Kitsap.

That would decrease the range anxiety, said.

Range anxiety, an EV thing. Little by little, evaporating as the network of electric-vehicle expands up and down the West Feldman said.

Port stations are part of a first of infrastructure deployed by the EV Project. a pilot program headed by the of Energy and managed by ECOtality. Car power companies, universities, state and local governments are the participating partners in six states, Washington, and the District of Columbia.

The federal government is providing a of $115 million in stimulus funds to place electric-vehicle stations in mostly metropolitan of the pilot states. Private and matching funds bring the project cost to $230

Feldman, overseeing the project in the Puget Sound region, about 60 of the stations have installed so far in Seattle, Bellevue, and Port Orchard. Grant-funding for installations also is available.

bullishness on EV technology helped put Orchard in the running with cities, Feldman said.

I think Port Orchard and the can sure be credited for this, said. They’re thinking how we attract people from the Puget Sound area who are in this technology.

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I applaud for being some of the first to move forward in this and make a difference is what it comes down to, said Capps of Advantage Nissan.

The new and charging stations have allowing ECOtality to track habits. Data from the will help identify needs and viable business as the EV Project readies for infrastructure

Port Orchard’s part in the actually has significance beyond our and will be looked at for the worldwide of electric transportation, Feldman

In Port Orchard, grant paid $10,900 toward a cost of $21,546 for equipment and The city paid an additional $2,000 for electrical work to the site.

Coppola had hoped the entire would be covered by grants, but Rob Putaansuu, a member of the city’s committee said the council’s when they budgeted for the in 2010, was that the city bear a portion of the cost.

the future, and the mayor was very on it. So I supported him in that endeavor, said.

Councilman John who works for Kitsap Transit, said it was a worthy expenditure.

wearing two hats here, but I the future of plug-in cars is Clauson said. They’re to be far more prevalent than are today.

Customers will pay for the they use, plus a determined surcharge. The city and will split any revenue. But the billing system is established by in early 2012, use of the stations is

Customers must sign up for with Blink. manufacturer of the

For information, call the city at or 360-876-4991.

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