Low battery? Electric vehicles can now charge up at Ripley's McCoy's Inn

Katelyn Waltemyer
Jackson Newspapers
There are now four electric vehicle charging stations in the McCoy's Inn parking lot in Ripley.

RIPLEY — McCoy's Inn on Fitness Lane in Ripley now has four operating car charging stations thanks to grants through the Mid-Atlantic Electrification Partnership (MAEP), which funded the $30,000 project.  

Blink, an electric vehicle charger supplier, partnered with MAEP to bring another charging location to West Virginia.  

Andrew Hillman, executive sales manager of Blink, said Jackson County was an appealing location for a charging station because of it’s nestled between Charleston and Parkersburg.

"Ripley was the perfect in between spot," Hillman said. 

The hotel already had some wiggle room with its electrical service, so it didn't have to be expanded for the charging stations, Hillman said. The charging stations won’t be an additional monthly expense for McCoy's Inn – the quaint hotel will receive monthly reimbursements for the electricity used from charging.

In a statement, McCoy's Inn owner John McCoy said he is proud to partner with Blink and MAEP. 

“Electric vehicles will soon change our landscape while reducing emissions in congested areas," McCoy said. "Plus they are just really cool.”

— Katelyn Waltemyer (she/her) is the General Assignment and Enterprise Reporter for Jackson Newspapers in Jackson County, West Virginia. Have a news tip on local government or education? Or a good feature? You can reach Katelyn at kwaltemyer@jacksonnewspapers.com. Follow her on Twitter @Kate_Waltemyer.