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Verendrye and Enerbase to hold Aug. 3 ribbon cutting for fast car charger

Submitted Photo There will be a ribbon cutting Monday for one of the first electric vehicle superchargers in North Dakota.

A ribbon cutting and open house will be held on Monday, Aug. 3, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. for one of the first electric vehicle superchargers in North Dakota, according to information provided by Verendrye.

The event will take place in Minot at the Enerbase Travel Plaza at 4750 Hwy. 83 North. The public is invited. The ribbon cutting will take place at 2 p.m.

The event will include a demonstration of how the charger works. Refreshments will be provided and everyone who brings an electric vehicle will receive a $25 gift card to Enerbase. The Lignite Energy Council will also have their Tesla Model X on display.

The charger is made by Chargepoint and has an output of 62,000 watts which can charge a car to 80% in as little as 30 minutes depending on the type of car. Enerbase and Verendrye received approval for a grant from the North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality to pay for 80 percent of the cost of the project. The estimated cost is $72,000.

As of early July, there were only a few level 3 chargers in the state, all owned by Tesla. There are plans for about a dozen level 3 chargers to be installed this year in North Dakota. Many of those are being installed by other electric cooperatives in multiple cities.

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