Co-op offers members a chance to drive electric

Anyone interested in learning more about electric vehicles (EV) was invited by McLeod Cooperative Power, one of Great River Energy’s 28 member-owner cooperatives, to attend a ride and drive event held May 2.

Local electric vehicle owners displayed their Chevy Bolt and Tesla vehicles and answered questions from attendees.

About 50 people attended the educational event in the parking lot of Crow River Winery, located near Hutchinson, Minn., to kick the tires on a variety of EV models from several auto manufacturers and test drive some of them as well.

Attendees learned about EV chargers and how they could charge up their EVs with all renewable energy through the Revolt program. Current EV owners also brought their personal Tesla and Chevy Bolt vehicles to display and answered questions.

Cooperatives across Minnesota have hosted these events to spark interest in EVs. Research shows that widespread EV adoption will play a role in increasing energy security, improving fuel economy, lowering consumers’ overall fuel costs and reducing emissions.