The Newport City Council got an earful Monday night from an electrical car charging entrepreneur who asked the city to partner up with him by establishing attractive and efficient electric car charging stations, one of which Chad Biasi wants to locate on the grounds of Newport City Hall. For the past two years, Biasi has promoted his unique electric car charging stations, with their sweeping styled roofs and security surveillance cameras.
Although the council liked the idea of more electric car charging stations on the coast they pointed out that ODOT is in the middle of doing the very same thing, only their facilities will be far more modest; more like charging boxes than the more elaborate facilities offered by Biasi.
Councilor David Allen raised the issue of city liability if one of Biasi’s charge stations were to be located on the grounds of city hall and something bad happened to a driver or their car. Those questions will be put to the city’s attorney.
The council told Biasi that although his idea sounds very compelling, they will wait a few more weeks to see what ODOT’s electric car charging plans are for the coast, and then have Biasi come back and respond and try to remake his case for a Newport City Hall charging station program.