Columbus approves electrical automobile charging station | Regional information


The 100 block of West James Street is within walking distance of an electric car charging station located by Columbus City Hall.

TERRI PEDERSON, daily citizen


COLUMBUS – Columbus City Council on Tuesday approved the purchase of an electric vehicle charging station to be placed behind Columbus City Hall.

The City of Columbus is partnering with WPPI Energy to obtain a grant for the electric vehicle charging station. City administrator Kyle Ellefson said the charges will be tier 2, which is 220 volts and can be charged in just a few hours depending on the vehicle. A level 1 charger is more suitable for electric vehicle owners in residential areas.

Five state highways run through Columbus. Efferson said the gas station could benefit tourism and have economic benefits.

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The city is considering purchasing a 1 ChargePoint 2-prong unit that would cost approximately $ 10,943. The cost of the station will not come from the general fund. The City of Columbus has the opportunity to work with WPPI Energy to obtain a grant for EV charging stations across Columbus. The WPPI grant would cover 50 percent of the costs up to $ 5,000 for the charging stations. The tourism commission and the city’s municipal development agency agreed to finance the rest of the cost of the charging station.

Efferson said at a previous meeting that they estimate the average user will use the plug for three hours, which would give them time to visit downtown Columbus.