The Flathead Electric Co-op Monday announced a new pilot program to bring electric vehicle charging stations to the Flathead Valley.
The Co-op installed the Valley’s first electric vehicle charging stations at its headquarters in Kalispell in 2015. Now it’s hoping to partner with a few local business to install about dozen more.
David Bopp is the Co-op’s energy services representative.
"We would like to get ahead of the curve and implement some EV charging at workplaces in our territory to determine how it works, what the benefits are, any drawbacks, and just be prepared as electric vehicles go mainstream," Bopp says.
The Co-op budgeted $50,000 to install up to four charging stations at three or four businesses in the Flathead by summer, and plans to expand the project in the future through grant funding. Power at the charging stations will largely come from renewable energy sources.
Flathead Electric Co-op has posted an online survey for interested businesses and employees to determine where and how many stations to install.