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USA: Marine City gets charged up

St. Clair stations for recharging electric vehicles get little use.
Another electric vehicle charging station is coming to the Blue Water Area despite little usage at the first two stations.

Marine City commissioners voted 7-0 to participate in a federal program that will get the city a charging station at no cost. The city will use its department of public works to install the station at the parking lot next to Drake Park at Water and St. Clair streets.

The station is funded by the same type of grant St. Clair received to pay for its two stations. ChargePoint America is sponsored by Coulomb Technologies to provide charging stations with funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act through the Transportation Electrification Initiative administered by the Department of Energy.

Two charging stations were installed in St. Clair in November at the scenic turnouts in Palmer Park off North Riverside Avenue and in Rotary Park on Clinton Avenue.

The charging station at Palmer Park has been used 11 times since it has been installed, totaling no more than six hours. The station in Rotary Park has not been used at all, according to information provided Mike Booth, interim city superintendent.

He said the city has not received any revenue from the stations, but that could change with tourism season about to start.

St. Clair is the farthest point north in the Thumb to have electrical vehicle charging stations in the Charge Point network. The next closest charging stations are in Chesterfield Township and Mount Clemens.

John Gabor, city manager of Marine City, said he hopes to have the charging station in place within 60 days.

Any fees associated with the charging station will be covered by the grant until the end of the year. At that point, Marine City will need to decide if it wants to pay a subscription fee or cancel the subscription.

The subscription fees are $230 a year if the city charges for the electricity and $170 if it doesn’t.

It’s unclear how much it will cost for people to charge their vehicles at the station.



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