Door County Will Soon Have Charging Stations For Electric Cars

Visitor Bureau Says Many Potential Visitors Have Been Asking About Places To Plug In Their Vehicle

An electric car charging station in Portland, Ore. Photo: Portland Development Commission (CC-BY-SA).

Door County will soon provide charging stations for drivers of electric cars.

The first charging station will be in the parking lot of the Door County Visitor Bureau in Sturgeon Bay. Jon Jarosh, a bureau spokesperson, said potential visitors had been calling to ask if there are places to plug their cars in.

“We’re going to be able to actually service that instead of telling people that these things are ‘on the way’,” said Jarosh. “It certainly fits well with the green movement and the eco-tourism stuff we have in Door County.”

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Jarosh says 46 businesses in the county belong to the state’s Travel Green Wisconsin program, which recognizes businesses for their commitment to reducing negative environmental impacts.

The Visitor Bureau is recruiting communities and private businesses, like hotels, to set up their own stations. Jarosh says those stations may charge users a fee, but he says the stations at the Bureau will be free.

“The one we have is set up to where, at some point if we wanted to, we could set it up as a pay option,” said Jarosh. “But we don’t anticipate having it like that. Certainly initially it will not be.”

Jarosh believes Door County is Wisconsin’s first highly concentrated tourism area to offer the service. The visitor bureau will create a map of all local charging stations and release it later this year.