Expanded Spokane park moves electrical car charging station

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by SHAWN CHITNIS & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on May 6, 2014 at 4:51 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 6 at 6:16 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.--The addition of a new park in May meant the removal of an electric car charging station near City Hall that was put up in 2010.

City officials said the charger did not get much use. The charging station was once where the Huntington Park and City Hall Plaza were in May.

City officials moved the charger but were looking for a permanent spot for it.

READ: Huntington Park opens at heart of Spokane River

Avista donated the charging station in April of 2010. It was supposed to help electric cars get some extra juice while driving in Downtown Spokane. City staff said there was some interest in the service.

"Being associated with a parking lot, made it very accessible to folks and readily apparent that it's accessible to folks, we still get calls and we got calls back then asking where it was,” Brian Coddington with the City of Spokane.

Officials admitted it did not get much use. Avista paid for the $7,000 unit. Officials said the City only pays minor expenses to keep up the charger. The charger was moved to the south side of City Hall when Huntington Park went up.

City officials said the new placement of the charger was less convenient for drivers.

"It's still a new technology, we get a few calls from people periodically so we do know that people use it,” said Coddington.

Officials said they hoped to see more drivers using the charger in the future and would consider adding more chargers if there is a need.

The charger would hopefully have a permanent spot by July, according to officials.

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