I was glad to see our County Board of Supervisors formally accept a $30,000 grant for the construction of an electronic vehicle charging station at the Rood Center at their regular meeting this week.
In June the County Chief Executive Officer approved the submittal of a grant application by the County Department of Public Works to the Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District requesting $30,000 in grant funding for installation of an EV charging station at the Rood Center.
“Currently about 70 percent of County employee trips are less than 20 miles in length and would be more efficiently accommodated with electric vehicles. Trips of 20 miles in particular allow battery powered vehicles time to recharge between uses,” according to a memo by Steve Castleberry.
NSAQMD approved the grant in September.
Kudos to the County for its foresight.
That’s in stark contrast to the curmudgeon Union columnist George Boardman, who bashed electric vehicle programs in a column this week. And Boardman is wrong to single out the $75K Tesla Model S when lots of other less expensive models are on the road.
Though not a panacea to our energy independence, electric vehicles play a role and are here to stay.