Charging forward in Minnesota

As electric vehicle (EV) charging stations continue to pop up around the state, Great River Energy and its members are busy contributing to the movement.

Scott Reimer, general manager for Federated Rural Electric Association, said his cooperative is happy to be hosting a new Tesla charging station, which is located at a gas station in Sherburn, Minn. The charging station, which has been operational since November, used approximately 3,700 kilowatt-hours of electricity in its first 60 days of service.

Tesla electric vehicle chargers

A new Tesla charging station was installed at the Kum & Go gas station in Sherburn, Minn.

“With the movement toward beneficial electrification in Minnesota and around the country, along with the desire to reduce carbon emissions any way possible, electric vehicles are becoming more the norm. We, as America’s electric cooperatives, are poised to help facilitate and power these charging stations strategically along rural highway systems,” Reimer said.

Other charging stations are in the works for Great River Energy and its members as well. Three charging stations will be installed in the Arrowhead Cooperative service area, including one at the Cook County Airport in Grand Marais, Minn. Kandiyohi Power Cooperative is installing a charging station at a golf course near New London, Minn.

Other recently installed charging stations in Great River Energy’s members’ service areas include one at Connexus Energy’s headquarters in Ramsey; one at the Albertville Outlets in Wright-Hennepin Cooperative Electric Association’s service area; one at East Central Energy’s headquarters in Braham; one in Sturgeon Lake in Lake Country Power’s service area; and stations at Gooseberry Falls and Tettegouche state parks in the Cooperative Light & Power Association service area.

For route planning purposes, all EV charging station types and exact locations on any route in Minnesota can be found at plugshare.com.