Price Electric Cooperative (PEC), in conjunction with GPM Southeast, hosted a ribbon-cutting event at the Prentice Truck & Travel Center in Prentice on Tuesday, July 25. Representatives from PEC, GPM, ZEF Energy, and Dairyland Power Cooperative (DPC) were all in attendance to celebrate the official opening of the Kempower EV charger.
GPM Southeast is the owner and operator of the Prentice Truck & Travel Center and new EV charger. PEC provides electric service to the Prentice Travel Center and was the general contractor for the project, which has been in the works for over a year.
In 2022, ZEF Energy became Kempower’s first North American Charge Point Operator Partner. ZEF provides the technology for the charger. PEC, ZEF, and DPC are part of ChargEV, which brings together a network of electric vehicle chargers, allowing EV owners to travel across the country knowing that their local electric cooperatives are providing a way.
This state-of-the-art charger offers a significant breakthrough in EV charging technology because of its modular design and dynamic charging capabilities. This unit in Prentice is configured at 150kW but can be upgraded in less than an hour to a 200kW charger by filling the last slot with another 50kW power module. The charger is outfitted with easy payment options including a credit card reader located on the front or you can pay using an app on your smartphone.
As the number of electric vehicles on the road continues to rise, providing an adequate charging infrastructure has become a critical factor in attracting visitors and stimulating economic growth in the area. By embracing this charging technology, we position Price County and the Northwoods as an EV-friendly destination.