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USA: EV charging stations power up Downtown Eugene

EUGENE, Ore. – The silence is deafening as Kirk Gebb is looking for a fillup for his Nissan Leaf, but this isn’t your usual service station.

No gas pumps here in the downtown Parcade at 8th and Willamette – just 6 new charging stations for electric vehicles.

“We’ve finally got our electric vehicle charging units installed here,” said Jeff Petry, Eugene Parking Services Manager, “and we’re starting to roll it out across the city’s parking system.”

EV owners pay monthly fees to a company called the Blink Network to charge up. The Oregon Department of Transportation counts nearly 1,200 electric cars registered in the state, including 78 in Eugene-Springfield.

The units come at no cost to the city. The equipment and installation is paid for by The EV Project, with federal and private grants.

“It actually came together for a $200 million project to install these all over the country,” Petry said. “It’s a study, it’s a pilot.”
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