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A ribbon-cutting for the Madras COCC campus electric vehicle charging stations will be held Sept. 11.

HOLLY M. GILL/MADRAS PIONEER - Two new electric vehicle charging stations are being added at the Madras COCC campus. A ribbon-cutting for the charging stations will be held at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 11, in the parking lot.Electric vehicles and charging infrastructure are coming to Madras so that everyone can enjoy lower fuel costs and environmental benefits.

The COCC Sustainability Committee, 350Deschutes, and Central Oregon Community College are working together with installer Sunlight Solar to expand options for electric vehicles in rural parts of Central Oregon, thanks to generous funding from Pacific Power.

That work will be showcased with a ribbon-cutting at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 11, at the Madras campus, where new charging infrastructure has been installed.

There will be two new Level 2 ChargePoint charging ports located in the campus parking lot (with two additional charging stations at the Redmond campus), allowing anyone with an electric vehicle to plug in for free.

The general public is invited to attend the event to enjoy appetizers and beverages, view an electric car or two, and learn about rebates, credits and incentives which can be applied to the purchase or lease of a plug-in electric vehicle. The innovative vehicles enjoy low-cost fuel, zero emissions, and a quiet and surprisingly fast ride.

Incentives toward the purchase or lease of electric vehicles are available at a federal and state level. Oregon Department of Environmental Quality offers a standard rebate of either $1,500 or $2,500 toward the purchase or lease of a new plug-in EV or plug-in hybrid vehicle.

A "Charge Ahead" rebate of $2,500 is available to qualifying low- to moderate-income households purchasing or leasing a new or used plug-in EV. Some drivers may qualify to combine both rebates. A federal tax credit of up to $7,500 toward the purchase of a new vehicle is also available for those who qualify.

Drivers of electric vehicles often charge at home using an ordinary120-volt outlet (Level 1), or a 240-volt outlet (Level 2), such as those installed for electric dryers and ranges. When traveling, commercial charging is available.

Pacific Power has made a commitment to increase the infrastructure and has funded that project and several others in Central Oregon, including at the High Desert Museum, as well as Level 3 fast-charger units proposed at their own location in Bend.

The chargers being installed at COCC campuses in Madras and Redmond are Level 2, capable of generating 25 to 40 miles of range per hour of charging, ideal for students and employees to top off their cars for the return commute, as well as providing a convenient charging option for those living in or traveling through Central Oregon.

For more information, contact Anastacia Compton at 541-327-4358 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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