By Marvin Baker, a new weekly column in The Kenmare News
Posted 6/26/18 (Tue)
There are 16 business places in
These businesses obviously have a vision for the future and undoubtedly more will be added in the coming years.
Yes, 16 businesses across the state now have recharging stations for electric cars.
So unless you’re already driving a Tesla, Chevrolet Volt, Ford Focus Electric or Nissan Leaf, you most likely wouldn’t be aware of this quiet revolution that is building electric infrastructure across
Fargo: Luther Family Ford, Element Hotel, West Fargo Sports Arena and Happy Harry’s Bottle Shop; Grand Forks: Best Western Hotel, Nissan of Grand Forks and two stations at Minnkota Power; Jamestown: R.M. Stoudt, University of Jamestown, National Buffalo Museum, Quick Lane Tire and Lube, Jamestown Campground; Sterling: RV Campground; Tower City: Motel and RV Stop and Nissan of Bismarck are currently the places in North Dakota where you can get a charge for your car while traveling.
There aren’t any northern tier charging stations west of
The next closest point west is
It’s interesting to note that when you cross the Canadian border, you’ll find numerous recharging points. Peavey Mart in Estevan and
There’s also a drive under way for individuals to set up recharging stations for travelers. You can actually have the equipment installed in or near your garage.
We frequently hear the “It’s too cold in this part of the country for electric car batteries. They say the batteries won’t last.”
But when the Canadian government announced it was setting up points all across the
More recently, the specifications on the new Tesla Model 3, indicate its batteries will operate normally to 40 below zero.
It’s unclear if you can take your Tesla to the Ford dealership (R.M. Stoudt) in
It seems ironic that outside of
Now it’s electric and apparently these people are thinking 25 to 50 years into the future.
It comes at a time when
It is said the thirst for oil will last another 40 years, then what? Do we go back to horses or take the shoe-leather express or a bicycle? Just maybe we can drive an electric car because by then, recharging stations will be all over.
There is a down side to this and that is electric cars are expensive. You can buy a used Tesla for about $60,000. The Volt and Focus are cheaper, but still carry a hefty price tag well above $30,000.
We can basically look at this two ways. We can pay a lot of money for these cars with the caveat our gas and oil cost will drop to zero, or, we can wait until more consumers get them and continue paying for the continuing increase in gasoline.
Some of these cars have large enough batteries to give you the power to travel 400 miles. That’s the equivalent of Beach to Wahpeton or Williston to
Electric vehicles have been around in
Whether the electricity is generated by coal, hydro or nuclear, the power companies are poised for a bright future when you consider this infrastructure across the nation and