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Harrisville cuts ribbon at charging stations

HARRISVILLE, Mich. — Northeast Michigan got a little friendlier for electric vehicles this year.

Although Harrisville opened their electric vehicle station in May, it wasn’t until Friday afternoon that they cut the ribbon. The two charge stations offer power for all kinds of electric vehicles— or EV’s for short.

Harrisville alderwoman Jacquelyn Schwanz said she hopes the chargers will help remove the convenience barrier for EV ownership.

“I’ve been looking for an electric vehicle for myself, and unfortunately there weren’t any charging stations anywhere close. So, we ended up buying gas because there was no place to charge.”

Schwanz added that the station may increase local revenues by making the city a pit–stop for tourists who drive EV’s.

The installation was possible thanks to a grant and a partnership with consumers energy. Spokesman Brian Wheeler said this is part of a larger movement towards EV’s across the state.

“What’s happening here in Harrisville is really part of a bigger picture that involves the entire Sunrise Side. We have Rogers City. We have Harrisville. We have a charger at the Aloha Beach Club in Oscoda. We’ve managed to fund over 1,000 electric vehicle chargers across the state.”

Consumers also cut the ribbon at a station in Rogers City Friday morning.