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Eau Claire leaders want to install 160 electric car charging stations

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - The City of Eau Claire set a goal of going carbon neutral by 2050 and as part of the plan the city wants to see the car you drive become electric.

City officials want to see 8,000 electric vehicles owned by people in Eau Claire by 2030.

DMV records show right now, less than 1% of Eau Claire residents own electric cars.

To further help de-carbonize the grid, city officials plan to do away with 15% of gas guzzlers in their fleet by 2030.

Associate planner Ned Noel said if this goal becomes a reality we could prevent 30 million metric tons of carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere which is the equivalent of planting 500,00 trees each year.

"We value our natural environment that we use to our advantages for commerce and for recreation and so looking at how we can protect our environment through these different strategies is what our city council has pledged to do," Noel said.

To accommodate the potential surge in electric vehicles the city plans to install 160 public charging stations over the next 11 years including one at the Galloway parking ramp downtown. That one will cost between $3,000-$5,000 to install.

Noel hopes to finalize these plans and present them to the city council in early January.

Katrina Lim

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