Lincoln City Councilors discussed electric vehicle charging stations at Monday’s meeting and directed staff to explore the possibility of charging drivers to “fill up.”
“The City is paying the electrical cost for the public to charge free,” Urban Renewal Agency Director Alison Robertson said. “At this point in time they are free with the local taxpayer paying the electrical cost for anyone to charge at those stations.”
Lincoln City was the first on the coast to install public charging stations for electric vehicles free of charge in 2009 and the move was generally viewed as positive, drawing good press and a visit from Congressman Kurt Schrader.
Electric vehicle charging stations are located in Lincoln City at the following locations:
Cultural Center, 540 NE Highway 101 – PRIVATE/ODOT – City makes five percent (approx. $200/year). One J1772 and one CHAdeMO.
Tesla Supercharger, Lincoln City Outlets, 1500 SE East Devils Lake Rd – 120 kW, eight spots. TESLA ONLY.
ChargePoint Charging Station, 1226 SW 50th Street – 7.2 kW, 1.9 kW, two J1772 spots and one NEMA 5-15. FREE.
ChargePoint Charging Station, 1601 NE 15th Street – 7.2 kW, 1.9 kW, two J1772 spots and one NEMA 5-15. FREE.
Tesla Destination Charger, Taylor & Taylor Realty, 3891 NW Highway 101 – 16 kW, two spots.
Charging stations are also available in neighboring Otis, Gleneden Beach and Depoe Bay.
Lincoln City owns two ChargePoint charging stations capable of charging six vehicles. Owners of electric vehicles must pay ChargePoint for a $20 membership card (one-time fee) to access chargers. The City does not make any money from it’s owned chargers.
“Overall I think it would be a shame to not continue to offer these chargers,” Councilor Rick Mark said. “I definitely think we should look into some sort of charge.”
According to the council agenda, the total investment, operating and maintenance costs to date for public charging stations — excluding staff time– is $47,000.
The cost of power given freely since 2010 is estimated at $9,800, but city officials said it was a best guess due to shared power meters.
Councilors voted unanimously to direct staff to do research and seek ways to get money for the charging of electric vehicles.
After the vote, Councilor Judy Casper asked if anyone attending the meeting owned an electric vehicle. Nobody did.