The Blaine County commissioners took a step toward adding a charging station for electric cars Tuesday, agreeing to pursue a grant with Idaho Power to install the kiosk at the county offices off Main Street in Hailey.

After assurances that current infrastructure could handle the increased load, the board unanimously voted to apply for the $132,288 grant for the DC fast-charging station.

Though the grant does not require any county money to get the equipment, the county would have to cover so-called “demand charges” for use—about $250 to $350 per month, according to county Facilities Manager Pat Boyle. It could charge for the service to cover costs, or even make money on the venture if the board wants to, county Grant and Procurement Specialist Lyn Drewien told the commissioners.

If approved, it could be installed in the next fiscal year, Drewien said.

“This is a really good location [for the charger],” Commissioner Dick Fosbury said. “I think we’ll see some use.”

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