Winona’s first public electric vehicle (EV) charging station was insta0lled in the parking lot at Bluff Country Co-op, 121 West Second Street, on Thursday, August 23, and is now available for public use.
The charging station will be open during Bluff Country Co-op store hours (daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.) and will be free with a suggested donation of $2 per hour to help offset the co-op’s energy costs. The Level 2 charger will add about 24 miles of battery range per hour to most EVs 2013 and newer, which is six times faster than plugging into a 120-volt outlet.
“We’re very excited about the new charging station,” said Caitlin Nicholson, Bluff Country Co-op’s former sustainability coordinator and the person who spearheaded the project. “It’ll be great for our community in a number of ways, and it fits into our store’s mission to demonstrate commitment to community, environmental integrity, and fair economic practices.”
Bluff Country Co-op will offer an informational session on electric vehicles in the co-op’s community room on Saturday, September 1, from 10-11 a.m. All are welcome to attend this free session. EV enthusiast Bill Gehn will display and demonstrate different EV charging options, as well as discuss the why and how of living with an electric vehicle. A question and answer session will follow.
For more information about the charging station or the class, please contact 507-452-1815.
Bluff Country Co-op is Winona’s community-owned, cooperatively run grocery store. Since 1972, BCC has offered fresh, local, and organic options to the community.