Looking to charge up your electric vehicle? A free charging station will soon be available to the public near Two Harbors City Hall.
Minnesota Power announced plans to install four electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in northeastern Minnesota, including one in Two Harbors. Each of the stations will be supported by a 5-kilowatt solar panel installation. The other stations will be in Ely, Virginia and Motley. Construction on the stations began in Ely. Minnesota Power plans to have all stations ready for operation by the end of 2018.
"Investing in electric vehicle charging stations across our service territory is a way to help foster
and grow this new technology and build the infrastructure to meet the changing energy needs of our customers," said Frank Frederickson, Minnesota Power vice president of marketing. "Driving an EV is a fun and increasingly practical way we can lower society's carbon footprint and promote environmental stewardship."
The Two Harbors station will feature two chargers, each capable of charging one car at a time. The station's solar panels, manufactured by Heliene in Mountain Iron, will be mounted on City Hall.
The charging stations, built by Hunt Electric, will have operating temperatures as low as approximately 22 degrees below zero.