Verendrye energizers level 3 supercharger
Verendrye and Enerbase energize fast car charger
A ribbon cutting and open house was held on Monday, Aug. 3 for one of the first electric vehicle superchargers in North Dakota.
The event was in Minot and included a demonstration of how the charger works. The charger is made by Chargepoint and has an output of 62,000 watts which can charge a car to 80% in as little as 30 minutes, depending on the type of car.
Enerbase and Verendrye Electric received approval for a grant from the North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality to pay for 80% of the cost of the project. The estimated cost is $72,000.
As of early July, there were only a few level 3 chargers in the state, all owned by Tesla.
“This is the first non-Tesla supercharger in North Dakota,” says Tom Rafferty, Verendrye Electric member services and communications manager. “You cannot charge a non-Tesla car on a Tesla charger, so this is a great addition for the state.”
There are plans for about a dozen level 3 chargers to be installed this year in North Dakota. Many of those are being installed by other electric cooperatives in multiple cities.
“The level 3 chargers are needed for when you want to make a longer trip,” Rafferty says. “You need that longer charge.”
Rafferty also explained why investing in superchargers is a smart decision for electric utility companies.
“If you’re going to own an electric car, you’re going to do most of your charging at home at night when you sleep,” he says. “Demand for power is the lowest at night, so it’s a perfect match for the electric utility industry.”
There are 1.3 million electric vehicles in the U.S., and that number is quickly growing. Verendrye Electric has a Chevy Bolt that they brought to the event, and the Lignite Energy Council brought their Tesla Model X for display. Anyone else who brought an electric vehicle received a $25 gift card to Enerbase Travel Plaza.