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USA: Three charging stations pursued

ECOtality unveiled its first public electric-vehicle charging station earlier this year at the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel in Nashville. Cheatham County could soon have several charging stations in the north, central and south areas of the county. / GANNETT TENNESSEE FILE
Cheatham County could soon have three public charging stations for electric cars.

San Francisco-based ECOtality is offering grants to businesses and municipalities to install charging stations in the Middle Tennessee area, and Cheatham County is applying for three of them.

James Fenton, the county’s economic and community development director, said officials are looking at placing stations throughout the county.

The deadline to apply for the grants is Dec. 31. It is not known when the company will announce the grant recipients, Fenton said.

Fenton said Danny Holt, the developer of The Village in Pleasant View, has already applied for a grant, while Karl Francis plans to apply for a grant to place a station at a retail center he owns on West Kingston Springs Road in Kingston Springs.

In addition, the county is in the process of applying for a grant to install a station in the Ashland City area, possibly in the parking lot of the Cheatham County Courthouse.

ECOtality is offering the grants so the infrastructure is in place so consumers will feel more comfortable purchasing the electric cars, according to Fenton.
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