Saginaw hopes electric vehicle charging stations will draw more visitors

Associated Press

Saginaw – Electric vehicles heading to northern Michigan are invited to stop and get some juice in Saginaw.

The city said it has installed its first set of charging stations.

“There are very few charging stations in cities north of Saginaw, so traveling to destinations such as Traverse City or Mackinac Island can sometimes be a challenge for electric vehicle drivers,” City Manager Tim Morales said. “This will definitely fill a void in our community and throughout this region.”

He said the charging stations will also draw visitors to downtown Saginaw and the Old Town area.

Two direct current fast charges are at 110 S. Hamilton St.

Six standard chargers should be ready by late November. They will be placed in pairs at the SVRC Marketplace parking lot, 211 S. Water St.; the retention basin parking lot, 100 N. Hamilton St.; and 220 S. Baum St, the site of a newly proposed downtown city parking lot. 

The total cost was more than $250,000, though state grants and rebates from Consumers Energy will cover more than half, reported.