Electric car charging stations coming to Dannebrog

Electric car charging stations coming to Kerry's Grocery in Dannebrog, Nebraska.
Published: May. 19, 2022 at 8:24 AM CDT
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DANNEBROG, Neb. (KSNB) - With the rising popularity of electric cars, places across Nebraska are doing what they can to stay on top of these trends.

The Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy is aiming to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions in the state. One way they’re doing this is by allocating funds to help install electric car charging stations.

Recently, Kerry’s Grocery in Dannebrog decided they wanted to join in on the electric car movement. There are two different chargers on their way to the backside of the store.

One charger puts off 25kWh and is able to fully charge a car on empty in just over two hours. The other, a 7.6kWh, also known as a destination charger, takes around eight to nine hours to fully charge a vehicle.

Owner of Kerry’s Grocery Kerry Lauritsen said he had his sights set for what the charger could bring to his store and the community.

“We hope that it’ll, you know, there will be people that will be out driving around in their electric cars and we think, you know, it’ll be just as important as a gas station,” Lauritsen said.

Kelly Burgess, who is from Dannebrog, brought the idea to Lauritsen of installing the chargers at his store. Burgess also helped invest in the chargers, and he said there’s a reason he wanted to see them come to a small town like Dannebrog.

“It broadens rural America to have the ability to charge their EV so, they’re able to get from town to town out here in more rural western Nebraska.”

Also, a woman by the name of Dawn Webb has been putting in the hours to beautify the space behind the charging stations. Webb is painting a mural showing the evolution of transportation through the years.

The charging stations aren’t open yet, but were expected to open by Grundlovsfest on June 4.

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