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Electric vehicle charging stations becoming more common

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first installment in a two-part series about electric vehicle charging stations in the area.

On Oct. 2, General Motors announced to the world it is going all electric with its vehicles. It sees a future free of the internal combustion engine. 

The company didn’t announce when that point would be reached, but it is now headed that direction, as, increasingly are other major car manufacturers. To make that future possible, a new infrastructure is slowly being built across America — electric vehicle charging stations.

Up until recently, owning an electric car was for many an expensive, impractical novelty. But that is changing as more and more charging stations are installed, allowing longer and longer trips from home — even here in the Park County area.

According to the website, there are several electric car charging stations for electric vehicles, known in the business as “EVs,” in the surrounding area — in Big Timber, Bozeman, Big Sky, Gardiner and Yellowstone National Park. There are none in Livingston.

Charging stations defined

Before getting down the road too far, it should be defined what a charging station is. Technically, with the right adapters, any simple 110-volt household outlet can be a charger, but it can take a really long time to charge and isn’t really a dedicated station. 

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PHOTO CAPTION: Jeff Cowell, owner of The Fort in Big Timber, is pictured with two of four Tesla electric vehicle chargers that Tesla installed outside the business. Cowell said the station gets a fair amount of traffic. (STEPHEN KALB-KOENIGSFELD / Big Timber Pioneer)

By DWIGHT HARRIMAN / Enterprise Staff Writer



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