Mary Matton poses in front of the new EV charging station

Mary Mattson of Hillsboro, who owns a Chevrolet Volt, poses in front of Hillsboro’s new electric vehicle charging station in the Subway parking lot.

Hillsboro’s first electric vehicle charging station – in the planning stages for more than a year – made its debut Tuesday in the corner of the Subway parking lot along First Avenue Northwest.

City Commissioner Levi Reese, who helped spearhead the project with $100,000 in grant money the city received from the state, said the new location was ideal for the EV charging station.

The infrastructure to support the Level 2 and 3 stations was in place in the southeast corner of the sandwich shop’s parking lot, reducing the cost of the project.

In addition, motorists commuting between Fargo and Grand Forks or Canadians headed south after the U.S. border reopens can easily pop off Interstate 29 and stop in Hillsboro, Reese said.

“We saved quite a bit of money in the grant because we didn’t have to put in the infrastructure for the cement pads or the parking,” Reese said Wednesday.

For more, see the Banner's online or print edition.