NEWS & BLOG

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WATT’s Up News Blog – May 2021

(May 1, 2021) Electric “Bird Scooters” take to the streets in Bismarck The California company was able to get an ordinance change at the City Commission, and now riders can scoot around downtown at up to 15 mph. Bismarck Tribune story here. Honda set to phase out gasoline vehicles by 2040. The automaker says going…

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WATT’s UP – EV News April 2021

(April 1, 2021) Quick State Legislative Update: House Bill 1464, which included a 3-cent motor fuel tax increase and significant electric vehicle registration fee increases was defeated on the Senate floor by a vote of 37-10. The other bill, Senate Bill 2091, which excludes charging station owners from definition of “utility” passed both chambers and…

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WATT’s UP News Blog – March 2021

(March 1, 2021) A bill to raise gas tax in North Dakota also tags electric vehicles with an additional registration fees of $80, bringing the total to $200. House Bill 1464 cleared the House, and now heads to the Senate for consideration. Bismarck Tribune story. Meanwhile in South Dakota, a new EV fee is almost…

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WATTs Up News Blog

(Nov 30, 2020) Ford Motor Company is betting big on electric fleets and affordable EVs Full story here. Not considering an electric automobile? How about an electric motorcycle! More models coming online in 2021. PluginAmerica story here Pennsylvania lame-duck legislative session sneaks in added EV registration fee CBS Pittsburgh story What’s the difference between EVs…

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DEND provides input for NDDOT report

Following the 2019 North Dakota Legislative Session, the Interim Agriculture & Transportation Committee charged the North Dakota Department of Transportation with studying several issues related to electric vehicle infrastructure: Design jointly owned public and private network Make recommendations regarding EV charging infrastructure Review costs and benefits of various options and future economic impact Read the…

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Minneapolis Road Trip, Take Two

By Jason Bohrer (Oct 30, 2020) Last year I wrote about a road trip my wife and I took to Minneapolis to see Garth Brooks in concert. Because of charging infrastructure, the trip needed to be a two-day affair. Recently, we needed service on the Tesla (upgraded the computer module and replaced the windshield) and…

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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…