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Official Ribbon Cutting was Oct. 26, 2021


Vernal, UT Oct. 26, 2021 – Vernal Area Chamber of Commerce celebrated the official opening of the electric vehicle (EV) charging station, in Vernal, on Oct. 26, 2021. The charging station at the TriCounty Health Department (TCHD), at 133 S. 500 E. is available to charge electric vehicles in about an hour. Due to delays in receiving the charging unit, the Roosevelt TCHD office EV station was not completed at the projected time. 


“We are happy to have the support of the community and would like to thank the Chamber of Commerce for joining TriCounty to celebrate the opening of this EV station in Vernal,” Kirk Benge, Director of Tricounty Health Department said. “This started as a desire to add electric vehicle options to our fleet and we are pleased that it will also be available as a community asset, and is one small step toward better air quality in the basin.”


The charging station can facilitate the two most common types of charging ports (CHAdeMO & CCS), which should accommodate the majority of electric vehicles currently in use. While there is a card reader for payment; the charging station is currently free for public use for a limited time. 


In 2020, TCHD was a recipient of the UCAIR grant, which encourages Utah businesses to reduce key emissions which cause poor air quality.  This grant has enabled TCHD to build the charging stations at the TCHD office buildings. The grant allows TCHD the opportunity of adding electric vehicles to its fleet as well as giving travelers a place to charge their vehicles when visiting the basin. The station also serves as a local option for citizens of the Uintah Basin to charge their vehicles.  


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