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Port Angeles to get donated electric car charger

PORT ANGELES — The westernmost electric-car-charging station on the North Olympic Peninsula is slated to be installed downtown later this summer after a Bothell man organized efforts to donate the device to the city.

The roughly 3-foot-tall charger will be installed next to one of the slanted parking spaces currently being laid down as part of ongoing improvements to the segment of North Oak Street in western downtown Port Angeles, said Nathan West, the city’s Community and Economic Development director.

The device will join a handful of existing dedicated electric-car-charging stations in Clallam and Jefferson counties, all free for the public to use but maintained by private business owners.

Other chargers

Other publicly available chargers can be found at Dan Wilder Nissan in east Port Angeles, Nikola Broadband in Sequim, Wild Birds Unlimited in Gardiner and Power Trip Energy Corp. in Port Townsend.

Port Angeles staff had planned to include an electric car charger in the ongoing $3.9 million downtown esplanade project but had to drop the idea because of cost, West said.

Crews did install the necessary conduit and wiring into the improved Oak Street so a charger could be added at a later date, West added.

“It’s something we wanted to get built into the project, and we’re happy to see it being implemented now,” West said.

Construction crews with Carslborg-based Primo Construction will install the charger as part of the Port Angeles waterfront improvements currently under way.

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