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Harrisonburg to open electric-car charging station

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Harrisonburg will unveil its first public, electric-car charging station next week.

The Level II station, located downtown behind the Harrisonburg Electric Commission, is believed to be the first in the Shenandoah Valley.

A ribbon-cutting event on Oct . 5 will include charging station demonstrations plus opportunities to test drive two electric cars,  the Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt.

The charging station is the result of collaboration by number of organizations, including the Harrisonburg Electric Commission, City of Harrisonburg, Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance, Downtown Dining Alliance, Eaton Corp., Virginia Clean Cities, Rexel and Virginia Main Street, a program sponsored by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development.

David Miller, owner of Dave’s Downtown Taverna and chair of the Downtown Dining Alliance, and Jeff Sadler, program manager of Virginia Main Street, are spearheading a pilot program to bring electric car chargers to VMS communities throughout the state.

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