Electric vehicles stop by Minnesota’s North Shore

Residents from around Duluth were able to check out several types of electric vehicles (EVs) during a special EV-focused event recently held there.

Justin Jahnz, East Central Energy’s manager of energy services and strategic projects, moderates a panel of industry experts, including Great River Energy’s David Ranallo, director of culture, communications, marketing and member services (third from right).

Representatives from Great River Energy and several of its member-owner cooperatives—including Arrowhead Cooperative, Cooperative Light & Power, East Central Energy and Lake Country Power (LCP)—partnered to bring this opportunity to the North Shore.

“A bunch of electric cooperatives got together and said, ‘Let’s educate the public, let’s show them they’re popular and here to stay,’” said Tami Zaun, public relations coordinator at LCP.

Attendees were able to view a variety of EV models including a Chevy Bolt, Nissan Leaf, Tesla Model S and even electric bicycles. Industry experts—including David Ranallo, director of culture, communications, marketing and member services at Great River Energy—and EV owners took part in a panel discussion that presented information on the benefits of EVs and answered questions from the public as well.