City of Tacoma installs 4 charging stations downtown for electric fleet vehicles

Downtown Tacoma’s Park Plaza North has been getting some attention that is long overdue.

In July, a bike cage on the fifth floor was installed.

Work is currently under way to repair the fountain at Frost Park, which caps the north end of the garage.

And this week, four electric vehicle charging stations were installed. According to City of Tacoma project manager Josh Clarke, who happened to be checking out the new installations when the Tacoma Daily Index dropped by the fifth floor Tuesday afternoon to check out the new addition, the charging stations were installed Monday and will serve many of the new Nissan Leaf electric fleet vehicles that have been parked at the Tacoma Municipal Building.

Earlier this year Tacoma City Council voted to purchase 10 2011 Nissan Leaf electric vehicles (as well as 11 2010 Ford Fusion hybrid vehicles. Clarke said the charging stations are only available to the city-owned electric fleet vehicles right now, but the hope is they can be expanded for use by the general public at a later date.

A similar charging station exists at the Center for Urban Waters.

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