EV Infrastructure expanding in ND

MAY 26, 2020 – In the 2019 State Legislative Session, electric vehicles were the subject of three pieces of legislation, one of which (SB 2061) directed the Interim Committee on Agriculture and Transportation to study electric vehicle charging infrastructure. The Committee has met twice and heard testimony from the Dept. of Transportation and other organizations including DriveElectricND. The Lignite Energy Council …

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WATT’s Up?

The COVID-19 pandemic appears to be hitting the EV market; causing BloombergNEF to downgrade its forecast for 2020 by 16 percent. The impact on battery demand is also expected to be significant. Greenbiz story. GM will continue with plans to retool at Detroit plant to build electric vehicles, even in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic as the final internal …

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Want to enjoy February in North Dakota? Drive a Tesla

In February 2019, the Tesla Model X was a novelty at the Lignite Energy Council. I drove it for a week on all kind of road conditions and found that the new tires, four-wheel drive and weight of the car made it perfect for winter driving around North Dakota streets and highways. So when February 2020 arrived, I had the …

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WATT’s Up?

Charging infrastructure gets a boost North Dakota to get 17 DC Fast Chargers (Level 3) via Volkswagen Settlement fund grants. The North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality released the first round of grants generated by the multi-billion-dollar federal government settlement with Volkswagen. Bismarck Tribune story Tesla will install a total of 32 Superchargers along I-94 in North Dakota. Eight Tesla …

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Tesla Model X – The Ambassador of Lignite

OCT 30, 2019 – Right about the time we moved from October into November 2019, the Lignite Energy Council’s all-electric Tesla turned from 9,999 miles to 10,000. That’s often a major milestone for a car and the car owner. I remember when the Tesla Model X arrived. It was a cold and blustery January 29, 2019. It came from Minneapolis …

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Taking the Tesla to “Plug In to the Future”

AUG 28, 2019 – I was fortunate to take WATTS, Lignite Energy Council’s Tesla X, for 24 hours on a road trip to Minnkota Power’s “Plug into the Future” electric vehicle event and came away with more information than a Wikipedia page about EVs, their owners, infrastructure and perceptions. The first thing I learned was a syndrome common among EV …

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Putting the Tesla to the long-distance test

JUNE 18, 2019 – I have taken the Tesla around the Bismarck/Mandan area a number of times, but I had never taken it for an extended trip out of town. Last weekend was my first adventure in doing so, as my husband and I headed to Fargo. We left from the Lignite Energy Council office with 293 miles estimated battery …

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