After the COVID Cloud Lifts, Wouldn’t It Be Nice….

Did you know Clayton County in the heart of the Driftless Region, and driven by the tourism industry, is an electric vehicle (EV) charging station desert?  Yet, in 2018 the U.S. saw a 75% increase in the number of EV’s on the road and hit the milestone of 1,000,000 EV’s sold. By 2025, J.P. Morgan estimates this figure will rise close to 8.4 million vehicles or a 7.7% market share.

With the exception of a charging station at Browns Sales and Leasing there are no public, easy to access charging stations in Clayton County.

The Clayton County Energy District is working to secure grant dollars for a project which would be used to construct (4) EV charging stations to be located in four different Clayton County tour destination communities.
Our Proposal: 
The proposed EV stations will be dual port Level 2 chargers with 7.2kWh of electric output in which a car can be charged in 2.5-4 hrs. We are exploring installation of EV charging station vendors which will include a 5yr warranty & 5yr member services plan. The hope is these local EV charging stations will entice EV owning visitors to the county and the charging time will allow visitors the opportunity to engage in the community.
EV owners use charging station location apps like PlugShare  to route trips.  EV charging station communities will automatically have their station listed and this will likely increase visitors to Clayton County destinations with charging stations.
The proposed dual port pedestal units will be equipped with  LCD video screens to be used for promotional and branding purposes like a local calendar of events etc. Each community will determine the cost of the kWh for the EV charging customers. According to Alliant Energy average power costs for a charging station is $1 – 2000/yr.