SEPTEMBER 08, 2011 – Counties’ first municipal charging station hooks up in Oldsmar. Oldsmar became the first municipality in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties to install an electric vehicle charging station as part of a national initiative called Project Get Ready, according to the station’s distributor. The city met that challenge Wednesday afternoon, said Joe Vumbaco, vice president of sales and channel management for NovaCharge, which provides ChargePoint networked public plug-in charging stations. A station was installed at about 4 p.m. in front of City Council Chambers at 101 State Street W.
The federally funded ChargePoint America program pays for the stations themselves. A city leisure services truck and a demo Chevy Volt from Maher Chevrolet in St. Petersburg tried out the new station on Wednesday. The city is part of a regional partnership called Get Ready Tampa Bay that includes government agencies, utility companies and businesses in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Manatee and Sarasota counties.