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County to install three EV charging stations – Coshocton Tribune

COSHOCTON — With an eye to the future, Coshocton County Commissioners are looking to install three electric vehicle charging stations in the community. 
Commissioners are aware of only one charging station in the county now at Unusual Junction. The spots are to be determined for the additional ones, but most likely one will be on Main Street and the other two in parking lots near Central Ohio Technical College in Roscoe Village. The Coshocton County Chamber of Commerce and Coshocton County Convention and Visitors Bureau will be consulted on placement. 
The stations are being provided by Charge Point. Commissioners initially spoke to a representative of the company in January 2019 about installing charging stations. Each station can charge two vehicles at a time. The stations won’t be received until after March 31. 
The cost of the three stations is $36,000 with money coming from the county’s general fund. It’s being researched if American Rescue Plan Act funding could be used for the project and a future grant could come from American Electric Power. 
Commissioner Gary Fischer believes it will help to increase business and drive up sales taxes as some people will have an incentive to visit the county, even if they’re passing through to somewhere else. Fischer said EV owners have an app that locates charging stations while they’re traveling. 
“If people are here charging their vehicles for two hours, hopefully, they’ll eat in our local restaurants, shop in our local stores and spend money locally,” Fischer said.
Commissioner Dany Shyrock knows some will say installing charging stations should be done by private businesses, but he hopes this will spur others to add more stations. 
“With the number of EV cars they’re anticipating coming down the road, we need to have a presence in Coshocton and, right now, nobody is establishing a presence. We felt it was important to send a message to everybody that you can come to Coshocton and get your car charged while you’re spending money in Roscoe or wherever,” Shryock said. “You’re not coming to Coshocton if you can’t get here and back on a charge.” 
The announcement of the Intel chip plant in New Albany could also mean an increase in tourism or people moving to Coshocton and those working for such a technology-forward company could be more likely to own electric vehicles, Fischer said. He has also seen projections that half of manufactured cars in the next eight years will be electric. 
“We’re trying to look toward the future. We’re allowing people to say, ‘Hey, Coshocton is moving forward to the future. They’ve providing stations, they’re being proactive,'” Shryock said. “We need to make a statement right now that we need to be progressive and out on the forefront.” 
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