Electric vehicle infrastructure charges into Pauls Valley
PAULS VALLEY, Okla. (KTEN) — As Oklahoma begins preparations to accommodate a surge in electric vehicles, some Texoma cities are gearing up in response.
"That is something we'll also be pursuing in the future: Electric charging stations in our downtown area," said Pauls Valley City Manager Lee Litterell.
On July 13, KTEN reported that the State of Oklahoma will receive $66 million in federal funds over the next five years to install electric vehicle charging stations throughout the state.
To stay ahead of the trend, a new Seth Wadley dealership in Pauls Valley features the city's first-ever EV charging stations.
"It's a driving force in the automobile business right now. We jumped ahead of it," said Brad Thompson, a partner of Seth Wadley Auto Group. "When we made this building, we decided to put the charging stations in. We're just now starting to get some electric vehicles, but it's going to be more and more every year."
With the dealership employing more than 100 people and the potential draw of EV charging stations for consumers coming to Pauls Valley, it's all about the revenue and growth for city officials.
"Last year we finished up with a little over three percent increase in our sales tax collections. Last month we were up almost eight percent," Litterell said. "We hope that with this job creation, our sales tax fund will continue to grow."
Litterell adds that the city plans to take advantage EV charging stations being along Interstate 35 to draw tourists downtown.