Electric-vehicle station opens in Clark County

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Clark County’s first public electric-vehicle charging station became operational Friday.

Located at Clark Public Utility’s Vancouver Electric Center, 1200 Fort Vancouver Way, the station is a Level 2, 240-volt charger, activated by a Blink Charging Card. The card is available free at the utility’s customer service desk.

Two other stations will be limited to the utility’s vehicle fleet, which already includes 27 hybrids and will soon add an all-electric Nissan Leaf. Clark Public Utilities CEO Wayne Nelson also leases a Leaf.

The stations are being deployed as part of the Electric Vehicle Project, a $230 million, federally funded program that aims to install 14,000 chargers in 18 major cities and metropolitan areas located in six states.