City may install electric car chargers

Motorists with cutting-edge electric vehicles who are living and visiting downtown Grand Haven will soon have a new option to power their vehicles. Grand Haven city officials are considering the installation of several plug-in stations for electric cars. The city was recently notified that they could received a grant from the federal government for the purchase of the devices.
Alex Doty
Jul 14, 2011

Mayor Roger Bergman said that not only will the plug-in stations allow users of electric vehicles a place to charge while visiting Grand Haven, but it also shows city officials are looking to the future.

Already, new electric vehicles are making their way onto streets in American cities. According to General Motors sales figures, 3,071 Volts have been sold from December 2010 through June. Nissan sales figures indicate a total of 3,875 Leafs sold from January to June.

“By putting in a few of these, it’s making a statement that we believe there are alternatives,” Bergman said.

While there is still some uncertainty about where the new plug-in stations will be at, McGinnis said preliminary discussions call for them in city lot at Third Street and Franklin Avenue, and in the Municipal Marina parking lot along Harbor Drive, by the end of summer.

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