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Eureka to get three electric vehicle charging stations in next two years

EUREKA- City staff are taking the first steps to prepare Eureka for a future with more electric cars on the roads.

At Tuesday’s city council meeting, staff will share the results from a recent study of the best possible locations for electric vehicle charging stations in Humboldt County.  Redwood Coast Energy Authority conducted the study with the help of the Schatz Energy Research Lab at HSU.  The Redwood Coast Energy Authority has already secured a grant to build two electric vehicle charging stations in the Saint Joseph Hospital parking lot, and one charging station in the North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District parking lot.  All of those electric vehicle charging stations will be constructed in the next 18 months.

"Current studies indicate that some percent of people buying new vehicles in the future will be buying electric vehicles, and it could be a small percent, or it could be a large percent, but the numbers show that it's growing every day and every year.  And so we need to plan for the future and if the future includes electric vehicles, then it's important for the city to understand the data and get ready for the results," said Robert Holmlund, the Director of Community Development and Economic Development for the City of Eureka.

Also at Tuesday’s meeting, the Eureka Police Chief, Andrew Mills, will discuss the results from the Community Shooting Review Board and the latest statistics from internal affairs.