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Electric car charging station donated to Presque Isle

Published: Sep. 8, 2020 at 7:34 PM EDT
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PRESQUE ISLE, Maine (WAGM) -

The city of Presque Isle is installing an electric car charging station, thanks to an anonymous donor. Kathy McCarty has more on where it will be located and the growing popularity for rechargeable vehicles.

An electric car charging station is being installed off Riverside Drive, thanks to an unidentified donor. City Manager Martin Puckett says City Council approved plans to install the unit in the parking area near the pavilion.

“A donor approached the city that they would like to put a charging station in, so we identified an area, down by the pavilion, down in our downtown area. So not only does it tie into our recreational opportunities that we have down there, it’s where we already have the correct voltage, and we tied in with our current project of - of the bike path,” says Martin Puckett.

Puckett says the donor will cover the cost of the charging station and installation. Rechargeable vehicles have been around for over a decade and are growing in popularity, according to Ryan Rackliffe, Assistant General Manager of Percy’s Auto Sales.

“Consumers are becoming more interested in the electric vehicles, we’ve seen over the past few years. I know with our manufacturer, there’s been a lot of talk about giving that option in other models, whether it be, you know, four-wheel-drives, SUVs, or a car,” says Ryan Rackliffe.

Percy’s currently has the ability to charge vehicles being serviced, with plans to install an exterior charging station. Jan Grieco chose her hybrid for more than just its good gas mileage - 40 to 60 miles per gallon, depending on where she’s driving.

“I can’t really see myself not having a hybrid of some sort, because it does so much in terms of gas mileage and environmental sustainability and that kind of thing, that it just really makes really, really good sense,” says Jan Grieco.

Puckett says the city will monitor the charging unit to see what the cost of operation will be.

“We haven’t identified what that cost will be, but definitely with the goal being offset by a solar farm is kind of the big picture of what the city’s looking for,” says Puckett.

Puckett says putting the unit along the Route 1 corridor made the most sense. Installing the station at Riverside Park will bring people to the heart of town, with easy access to businesses, the Sargent Family Community Center and more.

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