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Joyce Endee

Destination electric vehicle chargers coming soon

Wolfeboro anticipates installing a dual port EV charger for visitors with electric vehicles this fall. The process has involved Energy Committee members, the Public Works Dept., and the generosity of local business owners. On Friday, July 23, several participants paused their day's work to celebrate the accomplishment: (Front l-r) President of Avery Insurance Tod O'Dowd, and Avery's Office Admin. Jennifer Dunnells; (Top l-r) Selectman Brian Deshaies, Attorney Phil Marbury of the Law Offices of Marbury and Marbury and Public Works Admin. Asst. Marie Durgan. Donors unavailable for photo: Goodhue Boat Company, The Pickering House Inn; Maxfield Real Estate; Wolfeboro Car Wash and Executive Detail; and the Yum Yum Shop. (Photo by Elissa Paquette) (click for larger version)
July 29, 2021
WOLFEBORO — It won't be long before Wolfeboro will begin to appear on electric car owners' iPhones as a destination they can count on for recharging their batteries. The plan is for the town's Public Works Department to install a dual port charger at the far side of the historic Freight Station along the Bridge Falls Path in conjunction with scheduled paving work this September.

Wolfeboro Energy Committee members Dick Byrd and Jim Nupp and Selectman Brian Deshaies have focused their attention on researching Electtic Vehicle (EV) charging options and finding the most suitable option at the best cost. The result is the purchase of a dual port (two charges), pole mounted 3704 Auto Coil EV Charger with a Cellular Payment Station and AmpUp Back Office Software.

Local owners of electric cars have their own charging stations, just as the Wolfeboro Police Department has for its Tesla; the downtown chargers will make Wolfeboro a friendly destination a place where they can receive a charge while they take in the sights, enjoy a meal, and visit local shops.

Encouraging the use of alternative energy also moves Wolfeboro closer to its Master Plan sustainability goals.

Once a price was established, Deshaies got to work seeking donors to cover the cost up to $14,000. His success is due to the following forward thinking donors: Avery Insurance; Goodhue Boat Company; the Law Offices of Reid and Phillip Marbury; The Pickering House Inn; Maxfield Real Estate; Wolfeboro Car Wash and Executive Detail; and the Yum Yum Shop.

Deshaies says the plan is to have two parking spaces designated for charging vehicles only with signage directing drivers to the charging station and signage in appreciation of the donors.

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