As a plan to draw more tourists to the Oregon Coast from the electric-car rich Portland area, Newport is expected to sign a lease this week with a company that will install two “fast” electric charging stations in the public parking lot at SW 9th and SW Hurbert. The charging stations will quick charge electric cars for a fee. According to a city report, the city will make a 5% commission off the fees which will be, in essence, rent paid by the company. The lease is expected to run 15 years. Aerovironment expects to install the charging stations by this summer.
The city of Lincoln City already has six charging stations within its city limits, each offering fast-charge power for a flat three dollar fee. The goal of program is to have charging stations up and down the Oregon Coast at 50 mile intervals like they’re building up and down I-5 through the Willamette Valley. The charger program is sponsored by ODOT which says there are nearly 500 electric vehicles just in the Portland area alone, and that the number of electric cars is expected to boom very soon.