Council votes to add electric car chargers in city parking garage


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Electric car charging stations similar to this one are to be installed in Oxford’s city parking garage.

Oxford’s City Council adopted a resolution at its June 15 meeting to add EVunited dual-port electric vehicle charging stations to the city’s parking garage, at the corner of West Walnut and South Main streets.  

“We’ve already run electric through this area and it should be a fairly easy install,” said Mike Dreisbach, Oxford’s service director. 

The city has budgeted $125,000 for the purchase and installation of the charging stations and was awarded a $15,000 grant from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency to be used toward the installation. The grant is specifically for level two chargers, a moderate rate charger that takes 3-5 hours to reach full charge.  

Recommended rates for using the chargers will be calculated and presented once the chargers are installed and operational. Many cities use a punitive fee system, with rates increasing after a user’s allotted time has expired, said Dreisbach. 

No date has been set yet for the installation.