Funding has been appropriated from the Newport Urban Renewal Agency Funds to install Electric Vehicle Charging Stations at Newport City Hall and at the Earnest Block Wayside. City officials want to install dual-port level charging stations at both of these locations. Community Development Director Derrick Tokos has been evaluating the different systems for the Council’s consideration.
Blink Charging, Chargepoint, and Zef Energy all have products that are similar in terms of the features. City workers are working through different pricing and service agreements to come up with the annual cost for each product. These stations will be pay stations.
There are a number of options. The City has to either purchase stations, or lease stations through a subscription service. City officials are hoping to be able to make a specific recommendation at the January 4th Council meeting to proceed with acquisition of the equipment. It is the city’s goal to have these systems in place at the beginning of the 2022 tourism season.
The city continues to work with the Aquarium on providing funding for their system. They’re trying to be ready for this upcoming summer season. Once they finalize their costs, the city will bring a grant agreement to the Urban Renewal Agency for the Aquarium, so they can proceed with installation of their system in South Beach.
Construction of the electric charging stations will likely begin soon-after the city’s January 3rd City Council meeting. Electric charging stations will appear at Newport City Hall, at the Ernest Block Wayside and at the Oregon Coast Aquarium at South Beach.