As a kid growing up, I remember wondering if I would ever see the day we had electric cars. Oh how far we have come.
There’s a new DC fast charger and Level 2 EV charging station, and a 4-kilowatt solar array, located on property leased by the city of Motley near Brick’s Travel Plaza near the intersection of Highways 10 and 210. Minnesota Power paid for construction of the charging stations and solar array, and donated the stations and array to the city of Motley.
The two EV charging stations can each charge one vehicle at a time and will be available for public use. They are part of Minnesota Power’s plan to build a charging network in northeastern Minnesota to provide more charging options for motorists. Other charging stations are in Duluth, Virginia, Ely and Two Harbors. The solar panels for the associated solar arrays were locally sourced, manufactured in Mountain Iron by Heliene, a company based in Ontario that is now operating the Iron Range production facility.
All of the charging stations have operating temperatures down to at least 22 below zero, so they are compatible with the northern Minnesota climate. Electric vehicle use in northern Minnesota is currently low, but more consumers are expected to invest in this innovative and evolving technology as electric vehicle travel ranges have increased to more than 200 miles per charge and charging station availability is increasing. More information can be found at www.mnpower.com.