It appears that Lincoln City, already the vanguard of electric car charging on the Central Coast, is preparing to add two more chargers, one of which will refuel electric cars to 80% capacity in just 20 minutes. The others will do it in five to six hours. The slower chargers take 12-15 hours which could entail an overnight stay at a local lodging facility.
Urban Renewal Director Kurt Olsen, city staff who has been coordinating the placement of car chargers up and down Highway 101 through Lincoln City, said the devices will not cost the city anything, and the city will receive 5% of the gross revenues the chargers generate. Olsen said the chargers are expected be installed at forty mile intervals between Astoria and Florence. Newport just engaged in negotiations with Aerovironment, which is supplying the units there as well.
Olsen said the forty mile intervals down the Oregon Coast is about as far as some of the lower mileage electric cars can go, although some get up to 100 miles on a charge, like the Nissan Leaf.
Olsen said the company would like to install the new units at the NE 15th Street parking lot and have them pumping juice by this Summer. The council directed City Manager David Hawker to enter negotiations with Aerovironment to ensure there is no cost to the city and to establish terms of a ground lease for the equipment, complete with liability insurance and so on.
ODOT is the big pusher behind placing car chargers up and down Highway 101 as well as Interstate 5 running from Seattle to San Diego. Based on power lines following Highway 18, Lincoln City appears to have easy access to the valley along the Salmon River Highway where high grade power lines are available for fast charging. None are believed to exist between Newport and the valley along Highway 20. Aervironment said it would like all the charging stations along the Oregon Coast at Astoria, Cannon Beach, Tillamook, Lincoln City, Newport and Florence to be up and running by this Summer.