It’s National Drive Electric Week, Sept.25-Oct. 3, and St. Croix Electric Cooperative is celebrating by offering its members a chance to drive electric for a weekend in October.
In 2018, SCEC acquired a 100% electric vehicle, a Chevy Bolt, and introduced a reduced rate for charging off the peak to its members that same year. That October they launched an initiative offering members the chance to drive the electric vehicle for a weekend. 134 members signed up and one person was selected. The tradition continued in 2019, when 53 entered, followed by 48 in 2020 and 79 thus far in 2021.
Soon, SCEC will draw four lucky winners to take part in the experience for October 2021.
The co-op now has a pilot program featuring “smart charging stations.” With metering built into the charge, the installation cost to both the member and SCEC is reduced.
The pilot program offers two rates. The member will receive a free 40 Amp. charger or can upgrade to a larger one for the cost of the upgrade. 12 spots are available in the pilot program and 4 have been filled.
For members who don’t make it into the program but are still interested, the 40 Amp. charger can be obtained from SCEC with a $800 rebate and charge at a reduced rate.
In addition to working on promoting the use of private consumer electric vehicles, SCEC is installing three Dual Plug commercial charging stations at no cost to member businesses. Host agreements are being finalized and installation will begin this fall.
Lastly, SCEC is working with a couple of area builders to install residential EV charges in spec homes and parade homes to increase awareness of residential electric vehicles.
It may be National Drive Electric Week, but SCEC is working to make driving electric a reality.