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Six Electric Vehicle Chargers Go Live In Heber Valley This Week

Heber City

Driving in the Heber Valley is getting a little more eco-friendly. This week, six electric-vehicle charging ports will be activated in and around Heber City and Midway.

Drivers will soon be able to charge their cars outside Heber City Hall, Midway City Hall, the Soldier Hollow golf clubhouse, the Heber Police building and between the high school and library.

The chargers are level-two, which means they can fully charge an empty car battery in about six to eight hours. They’ll be available to use 24/7 and will accept credit cards. Their cables are compatible with any electric car.

Jared Wright with Heber Light & Power is part of the team setting the chargers up. He said the benefits will go beyond just encouraging drivers to go green.

“For the short term,” he said, “we’re hoping that it helps with promoting electric vehicles, then also, promoting some more tourism. The reason we put one at Soldier Hollow is, having the Olympic venue and the golf course, it’ll bring people that have electric vehicles.”

In the long term, he said there will be more and faster charging stations that can provide full charges in half an hour.

The chargers hitting the county this week are part of a clean cities initiative that started at the state-government level.

It’s also consistent with a clean air ordinance Heber City passed in early August. Councilors agreed to negotiate with future developers to put electric car chargers in residential community areas and inside garages.

On October 14 at the police department, the public can test-drive electric cars. The event will also serve as a “grand opening” to promote the community’s use of the chargers, even though they’ll be available once they’re activated this week.

Ben Lasseter reports for KPCW in Wasatch County. Before moving to Heber City, Ben worked in Manti as a general assignment newspaper reporter and editor.
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