Car charging stations go unused in Cowlitz County

LONGVIEW — Electric car drivers needing a charge in Cowlitz County are in luck. Too much luck, probably.

There are four charging stations in the county, and only one, in Castle Rock, gets used on a daily basis.

The others, all in Longview, have been used sparingly — or not at all — since being installed.

At the Nissan dealership on Third Avenue in Longview, a few chargers pull up a week to the area’s oldest station, which predates the release of the Nissan LEAF a few years ago.

The Cowlitz PUD parking lot has seen upward of 90 drivers pay for power since the stations were installed a year ago.

And the spots reserved for charging at Lower Columbia College’s new parking lot, open since this fall? No charges yet.

“I don’t think we have started really promoting it yet,” college spokeswoman Wendy Hall said. “I would say we need to let people know about it.”

There were 48 plug-in electric vehicles registered in the county as of July, and chances are most of those drivers charge their cars at home, eliminating the need to wait and pay for power elsewhere.

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