If Santa ever swaps his reindeer for battery power, he might find it easier to know that there is a convenient public charging station close to home. This is because FLO has just installed a pair of DC fast chargers in Fairbanks, Alaska.
“This is an important achievement for FLO as we continue to reach out to underserved electric car drivers across the United States and contribute to the global use of electric cars,” said Michael Pelsoci, regional sales director for FLO in Alaska. “This is the farthest north where FLO’s DC fast chargers have ever been installed, although this is not our first exposure to very cold climates, after operating FLO chargers in Whitehorse, Yukon for some time. In fact, FLO charging stations are certified to operate at temperatures as low as -40 degrees and over the years has proven to be durable and reliable even in the harshest weather conditions. “
So okay, the FLO folks did not say anything about Santa or Tesla-driving elves or even electric snowmobiles like that kind of Taiga build not so far away in their new facility. Still, these are the first DC fast chargers of any kind installed in Fairbanks, and they are close enough to Delta Junction, Nenana, Healy and Denali, Alaska, to also service these cities… even though you know they are too cool or professionals or whatever it is to talk about Santa Claus (who these obviously are for).
Instead of Santa Claus-related winter madness, smart people welcome this new installation for the additional benefit of electric car owners in the countryside. “We are excited to support innovation to move electrified transportation forward in Alaska,” said John Burns, President / CEO, Golden Valley Electric Association (GVEA). “GVEA recognizes that the introduction of electric cars in the interior will help reduce carbon emissions and improve Fairbanks’ air quality problems related to PM2.5 . With recent improvements, there is increased interest from GVEA members in owning an EV. It is our goal to support a robust charging network so that electric car owners can travel without restrictions. “
But in all seriousness, the expansion of the FLO’s fast charging network to Alaska is big news. Rural areas and remote communities often seem to be left out of the electric car conversation, so it’s nice to see more evidence that electric cars really are for everyone, no matter where they live.
Even Santa Claus.
At least that’s my opinion – what’s yours? You can read the original press release at this link, then scroll down to the comments section and let us know what you think of FLO’s new Northwest EV Passage. Enjoy!
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