Electric vehicles (EVs) are a growing market, with an increasing number of them in the Co-op’s service territory. FEC can’t predict how fast their numbers will grow, but they can plan for their presence and impacts. Electric vehicles provide an opportunity for FEC to expand services for members and to do so in a manner that mitigates their impact on the Co-op’s costs and therefore on member costs.
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to drive an electric vehicle? Flathead Electric’s “EV Experience” offers you the opportunity to borrow the Co-op’s all electric Nissan Leaf.
FEC’s Electric Vehicle Exploration
Flathead Electric Co-op has an “EV committee” of employees who are looking at the impacts of EVs on our system.
One goal of the project is to find out how many plug-in vehicles there are in our service territory and to gauge charging habits of drivers. We also want to evaluate any opportunities for alternative rate design that would minimize FEC’s power costs, since this load could be flexible for the time of day it is charged.
In addition, we hope to determine the various locations of these vehicles during the day, for possible future deployment of another charging station. In the interim, the Co-op will be gathering data from the charging of employees who have EV’s to analyze the costs, benefits, and impacts of this utilization on the electric system. The ultimate goal behind this project is to better prepare for these types of technical innovations in the future.
Is your business interested in providing EV charging for employees, customers, or the public?
Flathead Electric Co-op (FEC) is looking to partner with local businesses to pursue DEQ grant funds made available by the Volkswagen Settlement to aide in installing electric vehicle workplace charging in the Co-op’s service territory. FEC is developing a plan that intends to utilize any awarded grant money and matching funds to pay for a large portion of the cost to install the charging system. Please complete this survey if you’re interested in discussing this opportunity.
Learn More about EVs
Flathead Electric Cooperative offers the following tools to help our members learn more about and evaluate the benefits of electric vehicles.