City lands state grant for electric car charging

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Posted: Friday, January 10, 2020 6:00 am

Hillsboro may soon have the state’s first rural electric vehicle fast-charging station.

City commissioners said Monday they will start a dialogue with Hillsboro’s business leaders to help promote the station and lure shoppers into town when they pull off Interstate 29.

City leaders learned last week that the project will be funded by a grant from the North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality. 

Hillsboro was one of 17 charging station projects awarded funds through a competitive grant program from the state’s share of the Volkswagen settlement funding.

The city’s share is $108,775 – about $10,000 more than requested – to install a 62.5-kW Level 3 DC electric vehicle (EV) fast-charging station.

Commissioner Levi Reese, who spearheaded the grant process, noted that the additional funds amount to about a year’s worth of operating expenses.

The charging station will be located immediately off I-29 next to the substation at the intersection of Caledonia Avenue and Sixth Street Northwest

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