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Powering up local mobility: wheelchair charging stations for Jackson County

electric wheelchair charge station

The conversion to non-polluting transportation tends to focus on cars and trucks, and creating places to charge them all. But cars and trucks are not the only vehicles people use to get around. Powered wheelchairs need charging stations, too, and efforts are in the works to create 100 such stations in the greater Medford area, perhaps before the end of this year.

The project involves Pacific Power, the local power provider, plus United Way of Jackson County and Project A and others. We get details on the plan and its apparent simplicity, in a chat with DeeAnne Everson of United Way and Jim Teece from Project A.

One component provided by Project A: a map showing charger locations.

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