The University of Minnesota, Morris has a new electric vehicle charging station on campus thanks to a partnership with Otter Tail Power Company.
Otter Tail installed a Level 2 32-Amp charging station in the North Parking Lot, near the campus Welcome Center. It is free for all users.
“Electric vehicles are becoming more common in our service area and working with local organizations to provide charging options is important to us,” Otter Tail Power Company Market Planning Manager Jason Grenier said. “Whenever we can find strong community support combined with local project partners, we believe it’s a good opportunity for EV chargers. We’ve seen increased interest in Morris, so we’re working with local partners to install an additional Level 2 charging station in the downtown area. EVs are the future. We’ll continue to see more cars and chargers in our communities.”
Otter Tail serves customers in North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota.
The 7.2-kilowatt charging station is compatible with all plug-in vehicles and can charge two vehicles at once. It takes about seven hours to fully charge an all-electric Chevrolet Bolt.
“It costs us only about $7 in electricity to travel to the Twin Cities area and back in our Bolt,” University of Minnesota, Morris Vice Chancellor of Finance and Facilities Bryan Herrmann said. “And with a 230-mile range and charging stations available in the Twin Cities area, we easily can make overnight trips to the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities for training or conferences.”
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