For Immediate Release | News Release | January 9, 2020
Cass County Electric Cooperative Leading the Charge – Awarded Funds for Three Level 3 DC Fast Chargers for Electric Vehicles.
FARGO, N.D. — Cass County Electric Cooperative is pleased to announce it has been awarded funding through the Volkswagen settlement fund to install three Level 3 DC fast chargers in the Fargo area. The funds will cover a significant portion of the cost to purchase and install the electric vehicle charging stations located at:
- West Acres Shopping Mall – 3902 13th Ave S, Fargo, ND 58103
- Hornbacher's Gateway West – 2050 Sheyenne St. West Fargo 58078
- Convention and Visitor’s Bureau – 2001 44th St S., Fargo, ND 58103
The electric vehicle chargers are Level 3 DC fast chargers, are 62.5 kW from ChargePoint, Inc. and will be “pay-to-charge” stations. These chargers will provide a fast charging option for electric vehicle interstate travelers.
Cass County Electric Cooperative plans to break ground, install and have the three chargers operational summer 2020.
Currently, on the Cass County Electric Cooperative system, there are a total of 31 level 2 electric vehicle chargers, 24 residential chargers and seven commercial chargers. These will be the first Level 3 DC fast chargers on our system and some of the first in North Dakota. If you are interested in electric vehicle charging options for your home or office contact our energy management team firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our web page https://casscountyelectric.com/ev
Electric vehicles have something for everyone. From better driving experiences to exciting technology, to reduced emissions, Cass County Electric Cooperative is bringing the benefits of electric vehicles to consumer-members and the Fargo/Moorhead metro area with more convenient charging locations.
On October 25, 2016, the U.S. government granted final approval of a $14.7 billion settlement against Volkswagen for equipping more than 500,000 of its diesel vehicles to cheat U.S. vehicle emissions test in violation of the Clean Air Act.
Volkswagen will spend $10 billion in vehicle buybacks and $4.7 billion to mitigate the pollution from these cars and invest in green vehicle technology. This latter amount divided between two investment programs that the states, cities, and tribes can use to expand alternative vehicle projects and access to zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs).
North Dakota’s share of the Environmental Mitigation Trust will be up to $8.1 million. The Environmental Mitigation Trust establishes a process for states to receive the funds and develop environmental mitigation plans. The trust also identifies the mitigation “actions” or projects that will be eligible for funding. The purpose of this trust is to fund actions that reduce nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions.
The North Dakota Governor’s Office has appointed the North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality (NDDEQ) as the lead agency for administering the trust for the state of North Dakota. The NDDEQ applications for project proposals funded with Volkswagen settlement funding now is closed.
The NDDEQ is funding projects in the following categories:
- Class 8 Local Freight Trucks and Port Drayage Trucks (Eligible Large Trucks)
- Class 4-8 School Bus, Shuttle Bus, or Transit Bus (Eligible Buses)
- Freight Switchers
- Ocean-Going Vessels (OGV) Shore power
- Class 4-7 Local Freight Trucks (Medium Trucks)
- Airport Ground Support Equipment
- Forklifts and Port Cargo Handling Equipment
- Light Duty Zero Emission Vehicle Supply Equipment
- Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) Option
For more information, visit the website for the North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality, https://deq.nd.gov/AQ/planning/VW.aspx
Headquartered in Fargo, ND, Cass County Electric Cooperative is a not-for-profit, member-owned electric distribution system serving more than 50,000 member accounts in a 10-county area in southeastern North Dakota. Cass County Electric Cooperative has five service centers in Fargo, Kindred, Valley City, Lisbon, and Arthur, North Dakota. Cass County Electric Cooperative’s wholesale power supplier is Minnkota Power Cooperative.
For more information, contact:
Manager of Communication and Public Relations
Phone: (701) 356-4535
3312 42nd St S, Suite 200, Fargo, ND 58104