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NPPD unveils new charging station, all-electric vehicle

NPPD hits the streets with new charging station and an all-electric vehicle

Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) has a new charging station at its general office in Columbus, and an all-electric vehicle that will be cruising the streets. It is the first charging station of its kind in Columbus, and it will be available for public use.

A 2018 Chevrolet Bolt, clearly identified with a wrap indicating ‘Public Power’ is being utilised to heighten the awareness of electric vehicles with Nebraskans.  “Having the Bolt will help give potential end-use customers exposure to an all-electric vehicle,” stated  NPPD sustainable energy manager Dave Rich.

Dave Rich said: “This car will be available for NPPD and its wholesale customers for special events and activities throughout NPPD’s service territory that potential consumers can see first- hand. There is increased interest in electric vehicles by individuals looking to purchase a new vehicle with numerous benefits and incentives available, while utilities are studying what the electric demand will be like.”

Rich says vehicles can now be charged at home, when the car is resting overnight.

“Today’s electric vehicles offer the ability to charge a vehicle on a standard 120-volt outlet, which is available in every home. Owners do have the option of purchasing higher-powered chargers for quicker charges in the home. And there are charging stations across the state and more are planning to be installed,” noted Rich.

NPPD currently offers a programme for owners of electric vehicles who can receive a US$200 incentive if they install a ChargePoint 240-volt 32A WIFI connected charging station at their home. Information on that programme can be found at www.nppd.com/save-energy/ev-charging-station.

As for the charging station, these units continue to pop up across Nebraska.  Businesses, electric utilities, and government agencies are establishing a rapidly expanding network of charging infrastructure. “That has been a question that has arisen for potential buyers -how far can I get and where can I have the battery charged. With the number of new charging stations going into operation, it is now becoming a possibility to get nearly everywhere in the state with an electric vehicle,” explained Rich.

The charging station located at NPPD can be accessed through a smartphone or Charge Point Card, and has a cost of US$1 per four-hour session.

Source: Nebraska Public Power District

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