New Electric Charging Station in North Branch
The North Branch Water and Light held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on March 17 for installing an electric vehicle charging station that charges at a much faster rate than many existing chargers. The charger is located at 38830 Forest Blvd. The event was sponsored by the North Branch Area Chamber of Commerce. A group took part in a ceremony showing support for the new charging station the city hopes will attract visitors from surrounding areas. The charger costs $5 in a connection fee and 30 cents for every minute of charge. Water and Light general manager Scott Hautala said, "The convenience part of the charging station is that is invites people to enjoy the North Branch downtown restaurants. People who drive electric vehicles can now visit downtown, leave their vehicles charging faster nearby while they go shopping."