If you drive an electric vehicle, you may be interested in a new national charging network – CHARGE EV, LLC. The network, created by 29 electric cooperatives spread across Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin, helps promote EV adoption and creates a national charging network. Jo-Carroll Energy, Inc., Elizabeth, is one of the participating cooperatives.

The network currently includes over 30 Level 2 and Level 3 charging stations.

The group of co-ops is planning for future growth in EVs, and wants to alleviate “range anxiety,” which is the concern some people have about traveling in an EV without a place to charge their vehicle.

“Our goal is to provide EV owners peace of mind driving from Iowa to northern Wisconsin, or from Minnesota to Illinois, knowing there are co-op powered chargers along their route. That will give people confidence to consider an EV and encourage growth in the EV market,” said Jeff Springer, manager of innovation and efficient electrification at Dairyland Power Cooperative, La Crosse, Wis.

The CHARGE EV infrastructure is just the start as the group plans for additional investments in the EV market including member education on installing home chargers and encouraging members to test drive EVs.

It hopes is to have a national co-op EV brand and charging network in the near future.

Charger locations and other information can be found at charge.coop.