Energy authority looking to double the amount of electric charge stations

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HUMBOLDT COUNTY- Redwood Coast Energy Authority is working to increase the amount of electric vehicle charging stations. The energy authority is applying for funding that will double the amount of plug-in stations from Garberville up to Trinidad.

"The goal of having the stations is to really support the people who are using [electric cars]," said Matthew Marshall, Executive Director of Redwood Coast Energy Authority.

The California Energy Commission has funded a study by the energy authority to look into where electric charging stations would be needed in the county. "The stat has pretty aggressive targets for promoting and helping to adopt electric vehicles," said Marshall.

There are five stations currently, one in Redway, two in Eureka and two in Arcata. The grant would put ten in place around Humboldt county, in Willow Creek, Rio Dell, Blue Lake, Ferndale, Fortuna, Eureka, Arcata, McKinleyville and Trinidad.

Marshall said a majority of electric car drivers will charge their cars at home, but said, the additional stations will let them give their cars an additional boost. "We're providing that range so people can use their vehicles to their full capability," he said.

The additional support could also encourage more people to purchase electric vehicles said Marshall.