First Electric Car Charging Station Set Up in Twin Ports

By KBJR News 1

First Electric Car Charging Station Set Up in Twin Ports

June 27, 2013 Updated Jun 27, 2013 at 1:03 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- The Twin Ports continues to be a hub of sustainable practices as the City of Duluth sets up the first electric car charging station in the area.

The charging station is now operational and available to the public at the Library / Depot Parking Facility located at 602 West Michigan Street in a reserved parking space for electric and hybrid electric vehicles.

The station will offer both Level 1 charging at common 120-volt household current and faster Level 2 charging at 240 volts.

The City of Duluth currently is offering the charging service as a complimentary amenity of this parking lot, so drivers of electric vehicles only need to pay for their parking at the automated parking kiosk.

City officials say in the future, users may have to pay for the charging service, bundled as a single transaction with the parking fee.

Over 50 electric vehicle charging stations already have been installed in Minnesota, primarily in the Twin Cities area.

In the coming months, charging stations will be put online at the University of Minnesota Duluth and Benna Ford on Tower Avenue in Superior. Upon completion, the DTA Multimodal Transportation Center also will feature charging stations.

Meanwhile, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is planning to install electric vehicle charging stations in state parks, and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has received a Metropolitan Council grant to install up to 76 charging stations in strategic areas throughout the state, such as along Interstate 35 and Highway 61.

Posted to the web by Krista Burns