Electric Vehicles on the Horizon

Electric Vehicles on the Horizon

Community partnerships establish early infrastructure for electric transportation

In early April, representatives of CCEC, Lignite Energy Council, Sanford Health, and local media gathered at the Sanford medical facility in West Fargo to celebrate the installation and activation of an electric vehicle (EV) charging station at the Sanford facility. The charger marks an early milestone for a joint effort between Lignite and CCEC that’s aimed at increasing awareness of EV technology and increasing public EV charging stations in the region.

“Electric vehicle technology is advancing every day,” says Chad Brousseau, manager of energy services at CCEC. “More and more vehicle manufacturers are announcing new electric vehicle models every day, and we see that’s where that trend is going, and it’s something Cass County Electric wants to support.”

Group at Sanford electric vehicle charger
From left to right: Luke Hellier, public affairs, Lignite Energy Council; Chad Brousseau, manager of enegy services, CCEC; Bob Miller, business accounts executive, CCEC; Susan Jarvis, vice president of operations, Sanford Fargo; Mike Erickson, executive director of facilities, Sanford Fargo; Jim Durben, director of facilities, Sanford Fargo.

 

As major automotive companies begin to focus more attention on EVs, the cost of the vehicles continues to drop, becoming increasingly price competitive with traditional internal combustion engine vehicles. Advancements in battery technology are continually improving the range of EVs, an important consideration for drivers looking to make an EV their main vehicle for longer road trips.

In anticipation of the growth in popularity of EVs in coming years, partnerships with community leaders like Sanford will ensure that EV owners are able to charge their vehicles with reliable, homegrown energy. The electricity used by members of CCEC comes primarily from North Dakota resources—clean coal, wind power, hydropower, biomass, and solar power.

In 2016, CCEC partnered with West Acres Mall to install an EV charging station in the mall parking lot. CCEC’s partnership with Lignite is expected to yield further charger installations in 2018 and beyond, helping to keep the Fargo area at the forefront of emerging energy trends and technology.