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Moorhead to get high-powered electric car charging station

A Level 3 charger is expected to be installed near the intersection of Interstate 94 and Highway 75 in Moorhead in September or October. The charger is capable of charging an electric car in as little as 30 minutes. (Maggi Stivers | Bemidji Pioneer)

MOORHEAD — Moorhead will soon take a step into the future by installing the first Level 3 high-powered electric car charger in the Fargo-Moorhead area.

The charger, which is capable of charging an electric car in as little as 30 minutes, is expected to be installed near the intersection of Highway 75 and Interstate 94 in September or October .

The project is thanks to a partnership between Moorhead Public Services and Zef Energy, a company that specializes in electric car charging. The cost is about $35,000, half of which will come from Moorhead Public Services and the other half from Missouri River Energy Services.

Dennis Eisenbraun, energy services manager with Moorhead Public Service, said ZEF Energy will install, operate and maintain the charging station.

Eisenbraun, along with Moorhead City Council member Melissa Fabian, announced the plan to the Moorhead Business Association at an event held Wednesday, July 18, at the Moorhead Fryn' Pan.

Eisenbraun said the Moorhead charging station is part of the Michigan to Montana I-94 Clean Fuel Corridor, a larger national project headed by the Gas Technology Institute.

It's funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy and is aimed at providing drivers with alternative fuel sources across 1,500 miles between Port Huron, Mich., and Billings, Mont.

Eisenbraun said he expects high-powered charging stations to become more prevalent because they are necessary for cross-country travel. Traditional charging stations can take between six to 12 hours to charge an electric car.

He said the placement of the charging station, which will be near the Starbucks and Noodles and Company on 28th Avenue South in Moorhead, will hopefully bring a boost to Moorhead business.

"Anything you can do to put Moorhead and Moorhead business on the map is good," Eisenbraun said.