WATT’s Up – News Blog Sep 2020

(Sep 2020) North Dakota’s first non-Tesla fast charger goes online in Minot. Story from KX Net Electric vehicle sales slowed by coronavirus pandemic. Read about it here from the Houston Chronicle The biggest question facing the EV industry: Will there be enough charging stations? More of this story from Seattle Times General Motors making huge effort to set up thousands …

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The Land of Superchargers and Grandpa

Aug 10, 2020 (by Steve Van Dyke) – The first week of August was the first time in about six months that I’ve driven “Watts,” the Tesla Model X, which belongs to the Lignite Energy Council. I drove up to Minot for the dedication of a new supercharger at Enerbase Travel Center on the north end of town. The supercharger …

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WATT’s Up – News Blog

(July 2020) North Dakota’s Doosan Bobcat company is teaming up with Green Machine Equipment, Inc. of New York to produce an all-electric compact excavator. Story from Associated Press posted on OAonline     While ‘range anxiety’ continues to be a barrier for some people to purchase an electric vehicle, one Israeli startup is working to solve that issue by constructing roads …

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Are EVs the future or the present?

July 15, 2020 – (By Scott Meske) – One thing I’ve found is that WATTS, Lignite Energy Council’s Tesla X, draws a crowd everywhere we take the royal blue electric vehicle, even in a pandemic. Family Day Riverwalk was held in Bismarck’s Sertoma Park recently on a postcard perfect North Dakota summer day to give families a variety of activities …

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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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