Supes accept $30K grant for EV charging station at Rood Center — too bad for our resident EV curmudgeon

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.

Resolution - AB 2766 Elec Veh Charging Stations

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Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.
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8 Responses to Supes accept $30K grant for EV charging station at Rood Center — too bad for our resident EV curmudgeon

  1. Chip Wilder says:

    I see the Jefferson’s were there to let the Supes know they are against anything Sacramento or DC has to tell them about rezoning. And their answer is for all the rest of us to leave and form our own state. Charging stations in Jeffersonville would be non existent.

  2. Ray Shine says:

    What does it say about government that it costs $30,000 to put in an electricity connection?

  3. jeffpelline says:

    Ray,
    I didn’t know you were such a curmudgeon. Read up on the details and educate yourself!
    https://nevco.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=2499598&GUID=1263A2C9-53B1-4EE0-9FB1-7C4A33567C58
    BTW, go Cal bears!

  4. Jamiel Fox says:

    Hello Jeff, since this project was completed we’ve noticed that despite these chargers being on public property, adjacent to a library and county facilities, they are restricted – apparently off limits to the public.

    • Ray Shine says:

      Jeff It was this article that I was responding to — apparently I put my reply in the wrong place. I am still concerned that no one is explaining why the County is spending 50 times the market cost of a Level 2 electric charging station.

      Ray Shine rshine@nccn.net

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  5. jeffpelline says:

    Yes, that’s what happened. I will follow up with the Rood Center on both issues mentioned here.

  6. Steve Frisch says:

    If you read the “Exhibit A ” document which is a rough description of the scope of work, the funding would install “2 or 3” chargers at more than one location. I wonder if that has changed?

    Having worked on planning the installation of these I can attest to the fact that the cost is often higher than one would think–not for the charger itself, chargers are coming down in price–for the electrical work to hook the charger up and safety and mobility improvements around the area where the charger is installed.

    Also important to note that ‘DC fast chargers’ that can fully recharge the typical car battery in less than 30 minutes is often much higher due to the need to install a transformer. These often run $50k-$60k each if installed at curbside.

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