| The Daily Jeffersonian
Cambridge Main Street is working to raise funds to cover the installation costs of two electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in the downtown area.
Cambridge Main Street, which advocates for downtown businesses, received a donation of two charging units from board member Levi Wade. It is currently conducting a fundraiser to help offset the installation cost.
The agency estimates the cost to install each unit more than $1,000 and is trying to raise $3,000 to cover the installation and any extra charges that may occur. Expected costs include permits and licensing, a certified electrician and inspection fees. It plans to contribute some funding to the installation, according to Mary Beth Sills, director of Cambridge Main Street.
Where the two units will go is yet undetermined. Several merchants, according to Sills, have expressed interest in having them near their stores.
“Our plan is to have one on one side of town and one on the other side of town, and there is already one in downtown” Sill said.
The downtown charging station is located in the parking lot adjacent to the Guernsey County Community Development office. Wade estimates it is used at least every other day.
Wade, who owns two electric vehicles, brought the idea of installing the charging stations to the Cambridge Main Street Board.
According to Sills, electric vehicles typically take several hours to fully charge. People could be shopping in stores and eating at a local restaurant while charging their vehicle free of charge.
“With us being in close proximity to Columbus, Pittsburgh, and Cleveland, the idea was that people who are traveling are coming right through Cambridge,” Sills said.
Electric vehicle owners would be able to locate the charging stations with the help of a phone app that indicate where the stations are located.
“It’s kind of a win-win for everybody in downtown,” Sills said.
Multiple locations throughout Cambridge have charging stations, but not all of them will work for all EVs. The ones located on Southgate Parkway at the Sheetz stations can only be used on Tesla vehicles. And the ones located at Wal-Mart charge a fee for charging.
According to Wade, the ones to be installed can work for just about any EV and will be free to use.
The charging stations are described by Wade as a secure box that hangs on the wall with a cord for plugging into the car. They are not like the huge stations that look like gas pumps.
“It’s not this big grand thing, it’s just everything you need in this nice little package,” Wade said.
Wade sees the charging stations used more by people passing through than residents, because not allowed of people in the area own electric cars.