Jemez Mountains Electric Cooperative has approved three electric vehicle charging stations for the region.

    The Co-op board of trustees, during its regular Sept. 25 meeting, approved two level two charging stations and a level three charging station for a total cost of nearly $82,000, with a $30,000 rebate from Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association.

    Cuba-Jemez, LLC. proposed the charging station and will build the stations but once completed they will be fully run and owned by the Co-op, General Manager Ernesto Gonzales said in a Sept. 28 phone interview.

    The board approved the purchase but has not decided where the charging stations will be installed.

    “We haven’t decided firmly yet on the location though it’s likely one’s going to be up in Abiquiú, maybe Bode’s or somewhere near there probably the series 3 fast charger,” Board Trusstee Stanley Crawford said.

    Luis Torres, the vice chair of the democratic party in Rio Arriba has been an advocate for more electric cars.

    “Internal combustion engines are tremendous polluters, as soon as we get them off the road the better,” he said. “All that is changing over, and it’s happening fast.”

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