WEST JEFFERSON — Ashe County will soon be the home of an electric car charging station through a grant received by Blue Ridge Electric.
West Jefferson town manager Brantley Price spoke to the West Jefferson Aldermen on Monday night about that possibility of putting the charging station in downtown.
“Blue Ridge received some grant funding to put in these electric car chargers and they submitted for the town of Blowing Rock and the town of West Jefferson to do these,” Price said.
While the electric car charging stations may not be heavily used right now, it is something that could be used quite a bit in the future, and Price said with the grant funding being available to do it right now, it would be a beneficial time to do it.
The aldermen discussed the location of the charging station and suggested placing the station in the new parking lot located behind Badger’s Funeral Home. The vote passed unanimously to use that location.
Although there is not currently any electricity available in that parking lot, Price said that it should not be a problem for Blue Ridge Electric to get power down there to operate the charging station.
This will add Ashe County to the list of area counties that already have such charging stations set up. Watauga, Avery, Alleghany and Surry counties all have stations in use with some towns, such as Boone, having multiple charging stations.
“I think that it is a coming thing, there may not be a whole lot right now, but eventually I think there’s going to be a lot of need,” said John Reeves.
According to Price, it will cost the town $1,000 to get the charging system set up and going. The town can either allow drivers to charge their vehicles for free or the town can charge a small fee for the electric charge.
Nathan Ham can be reached at 336-489-3062.