Klamath Falls gets fast-charging station for electric cars
Pacific Power partners with city and Sky Lakes Medical Center to locate chargers in new Klamath Commons Park
KLAMATH FALLS, Ore—The first of up to seven electric car fast-charging stations to be developed by Pacific Power in Oregon communities is set for Klamath Commons Park in Klamath Falls.
The announcement comes during National Drive Electric Week. Find out more at Pacific Power’s booth at the Trailblazers Rip City Rally taking place Sept. 10 at 4 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park.
The charging station, which is projected to be operating by the end of the year, will allow electric car drivers to recharge in as little as 30 minutes, depending on their vehicle model. The charging station will be able to accommodate six cars, four at fast charging units and two at the slower charging Level 2 units. The state has a goal of 50,000 electric vehicles on Oregon roadways by 2020 and a network of charging stations is needed to support this growth.
“Having chargers available is very important to propelling the adoption of electric cars,” said Scott Bolton, Pacific Power’s senior vice president of external affairs and customer solutions. “Independent developers are putting charging stations in many locations where they think it will be profitable and that is how it should be. But smaller communities shouldn’t be overlooked. We wanted to make sure places like Klamath Falls have a choice when it comes to clean transportation options and having nearby car charging equipment is key to that goal.”
The location at Klamath Commons Park is ideal and the partnership among the three entities worked perfectly.
“Sky Lakes Medical Center has long appreciated Pacific Power’s commitment to our community,” said Paul Stewart, president and CEO, Sky Lakes Medical Center. “Their contributions to the new Klamath Commons Park helps us make our community more environmentally friendly, helping those with electric vehicles take advantage of not only the new park, but the entire downtown corridor. We value Pacific Power as a partner in our efforts to enhance and strengthen the Klamath Basin, and make our community healthier, more livable.”
Pacific Power will be locating similar charging stations in areas of the state not well served by the current market. Choosing those communities and specific sites is an ongoing effort. All selected sites should be in operation by the end of 2019.
To learn more about the benefits of electric vehicles, visit pacificpower.net/ev