Talent's new electric vehicle chargers next eco-friendly steps

The charging station is part of the city's initiative to make Talent more eco-friendly, a goal that was kicked off with the installation of solar panels on the community center in October. (KTVL/Genevieve Grippo)

On Thursday evening, Rogue Climate Talent hosted an event to unveil Talent's new electric vehicle chargers.

The chargers, which are attached to a single unit, were installed in December at the Talent Community Center. Since then, the station has served as a free charging port for anyone who needs it.

The installation was completed by the Talent Urban Renewal Agency for a little over $5,000. It's part of the agency's initiative to make Talent more environmentally friendly, a goal that was kicked off with the installation of solar panels on the community center in October.

Ashland resident John Anastasio heard about Talent's chargers Thursday morning and stopped by the community center to try them out. He was pleasantly surprised, and says installing the station is a small step towards a healthier planet.

"If we had more places to charge, it could change overnight. I mean we have the technical capabilities right now to completely change the world," he said.

This is the first electric vehicle charging station in Talent. For the next six months, the city will continue to evaluate the cost of operating the chargers before determining whether or not it is necessary to charge drivers per use.

TURA reports that each full charge, which takes anywhere from two to four hours, costs the city about $2.00 to $2.50. The city said it hopes to add more charging stations locations in the future.

City committee Together for Talent raised $2,100 in order to fund the operation of the charging station within the first six months. Part of the money will also be put towards installing several signs throughout the area alerting drivers to the location of the station.

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