Item 3e Acceptance of Informational Report Regarding the US DOT FHWA Charging and Fueling Infrastructure Discretionary Grant Program for EV Charging Stations
Climate Action Mendocino is wholeheartedly in favor of accepting this report AND moving forward on the grants to install EV Charging Stations at the Yokayo Center, County Admin Center, Willits Library and Avila Center in Ft. Bragg. But the especially big need is for Gualala, Point Arena, Philo, Boonville, Laytonville, Covelo and Hopland. Whatever you can do to get EV chargers installed there soon would be a boost to County revenue since so many EV drivers need charging stations when they come to our County to visit. There must be County owned properties in all of the remote areas that can accommodate EV chargers without the difficulty of persuading private partners.
Further, a note from a Gualala resident you may have already received is that fast chargers (DCFCs) are available through Freewire Power Boost, which requires less space and doesn't use a huge Power Block. It's a self contained unit and charges at 220 volts and up to 150 amps. That may be a worthwhile consideration for the more remote areas. Another charging unit, Blink IQ200 can charge up to 80 amps and provide more range than the typical Lvl 2 chargers. These could easily get people in remote areas to a faster charger in Ft. Bragg. Do keep in mind that we need chargers to bring in tourist revenue because if we don't have that network people will choose to go elsewhere.
ANY help the County may need in pursuing the grants, surveying residents, or anything else can be provided by local climate groups such as Climate Action Mendocino and GrassRoots Institute, so please ask as needed.
Thank you for all you do.
3e United States Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Charging and Fueling Infrastructure Discretionary Grant Program (CFI Program) for electric vehicle charging stations
For Private Property partnerships, please consider small businesses and real estate offices. Any business that introduces potential future property owners to the county, with clientele driving long distances, can benefit by having EV charging as destination charging for the clients (as well as employees).
For instance, it's possible that my landlord would support installation of a destination charger at our building; our combined clientele comes from all over the state as well as the country.
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