Prestonsburg is planning to open two charging stations for electric vehicles at the Mountain Arts Center.

On Monday, the Prestonsburg City Council discussed the project.

“We are looking at two electric vehicle charging stations,” Stapleton said. “We’ve been doing some studies on it, and it was brought to our attention by RECC. People … that drive these particular cars are scheduling their vacations and are setting their agendas and itineraries up so that they are at these electric vehicle stations.”

Stapleton said the city already has everything in place to offer electric vehicle charging stations at the MAC.

“It will cost us about $1,500, $1,600 to do it, and in the long run, it’s going to make a big difference, I think, in some of the traffic we get,” Stapleton said.

Council Member Harry Adams asked whether grant funding was available for the project. MAC Director Joe Campbell said Big Sandy Rural Electric Cooperative officials said they could partner with the MAC on the project.

“If we get two stations, it’s going to cost us somewhere around $1,500 to $1,700,” Stapleton said. “On those stations, they’re going to do advertising, RECC is — for $275 a year for three years.”

Campbell reported that charging an electric vehicle for eight hours would cost around $6 at the MAC.

Council Member Shag Branham asked about providing metered electricity service at these stations. Stapleton said that would cost about $4,000.

Stapleton reported that seven Prestonsburg residents own electric vehicles. He talked about the benefit these charging stations will have for the city, explaining that Prestonsburg could list these charging stations on apps that direct electric car owners to charging stations.

“I think it’s a good opportunity for us. It’s going to help with tourism. It’s going to bring people to the area and I think it’s something we need to do,” Stapleton said.

He said he would keep the council informed about the project.

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