Montana Dept. of Environmental Quality DCFCs/L2s

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Sep 19, 2011
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New electric vehicle charging stations, made possible by the Montana Department of Environmental Quality’s (DEQ) share of the Volkswagen Settlement funds, will expand travel options across Montana’s key corridors for electric vehicle drivers. The grants match private investments in electric vehicle fast-charging stations, bringing the total number of stations across the state to 21 and adding key corridors with access to popular travel sites such as Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks. . . .

The recently awarded “Fast Charge Your Ride” grants were awarded to four successful applicants:

GBP Enterprises, Gardiner: One fast-charging station at the Gardiner Travel Center
Missoula Electric Cooperative, Seeley Lake: One fast-charging station and one Level 2 charger at the Seeley Lake Community Foundation
NorthWestern Energy, Big Timber, Billings, Conrad, Deer Lodge, Dillon, Great Falls, Hamilton, Hardin and Helena: One fast-charging station and one Level 2 charger at a Town Pump in each community
Town Pump, Eureka, Kalispell and Libby: One fast-charging station and one Level 2 charger at a Town Pump in each community

The funds awarded focus on establishing fast-charging locations for Montana’s key travel corridors including Interstate 15, Interstate 90, U.S. Highway 2 and U.S. Highway 93. . . .

A partnership between NorthWestern Energy and Town Pump will result in nine new charging station locations in key corridors. NorthWestern Energy’s expertise in electric infrastructure and Town Pump’s network of locations along key travel corridors create a natural partnership to expand access to electric vehicle charging stations for travelers in Montana. The new charging stations will be in service by the Fall of 2023.

Town Pump has been the place many Montanans and tourists stop to fuel their vehicles. ‘Electric fueling’ will soon be an option at 15 Town Pump Convenience Stores across Montana. Town Pump is also independently installing charging stations at locations in Whitefish, Boulder, and a new Town Pump under construction in Billings. . . .

Town Pump Convenience Stores with charging stations are open 24 hours a day and offer public restrooms, food, beverages and a casino. Charging stations in Big Timber, Conrad, Hamilton and Helena are located next to a Town Pump operated hotel. . . .

The stations are funded through the Volkswagen settlement funds, which are intended to reduce harmful nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions that contributes to unhealthy air. Montana received $12.6 million from the national Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust Settlement. . . .

This topic is for keeping track of these and any which are added, and to announce when they've opened, as with the "Colorado Electric Vehicle Fast-Charging Corridors" topic.

DCFC sites in Montana are critical to providing access to Glacier, Yellowstone and Grand Teton. These sites provide coverage to sections of U.S. 2, 89 and 93 as well as parts of I-15 and 90, and are currently shown on Plugshare. The site on U.S. 89 in Gardiner is apparently working per Plug-share check-in on Dec. 21st. but not officially open yet, as the area remains unpaved. At least 13 of these sites are shown on Plugshare as Chargepoint, using CE250s (62.5 kW, 200-1,000VDC output, 156A max.) - the only site with an unknown network/charger is at Seeley Lake on S.R. 83.

While these are certainly better than nothing, providing only a single FC per site fails the redundancy test - a single L2 is hardly adequate compensation. And some of the locations seem questionable this early on. Hamilton on U.S. 93 or Seeley Lake on S.R. 83, but nothing in West Yellowstone, West Glacier or St. Mary/Browning?