First EV Fast Charger in Tomah Expands I-94 Clean Fuels Corridor

ZEF Energy’s next fast charging station is directly off the Tomah, Wisconsin, exit from I-94 at the Grand Round Grill & Bar. This DC fast charger and two accompanying Level 2 chargers represent the next link in the growing ZEF Energy charger network. It is also the next crucial link in the Michigan to Montana (M2M) Interstate 94 Corridor project, which is funded by a U.S. Department of Energy grant and coordinated by the Gas Technology Institute (GTI).

The new charging station is the first EV infrastructure installation in Tomah and allows four electric vehicles to charge at once. The DC fast charger is equipped with CHAdeMo and CCS/SAE plugs, and the Level 2 charger has two J1772 plugs. The DC fast charger gives EVs a range of about 200 miles for every hour plugged in while the Level 2 chargers provide about 25 miles for every hour plugged in.

Ride & Drive Event - Thursday, Sept. 6

The station was funded and developed by Dairyland Power, Oakdale Electric Cooperative, GTI, Tomah Grand Round Grill & Bar, and ZEF Energy. The project partners will be unveiling the new fast charging station to the public from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, with a ride and drive event, allowing anyone with a driver’s license to test drive electric vehicles, including a Nissan LEAF, Honda Clarity Hybrid, BMW i3, Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, Chevy Bolt, Chevy Volt and Chevy Spark.

Tomah is a natural halfway point between the Twin Cities and Chicago along the popular I-94 corridor. A fast charging station in Tomah allows EV drivers to travel worry-free between the two major metros.

On average, a charge costs about $9.00 at a ZEF Energy Fast Charging station. Compare that with the price of gasoline. As the prices of EVs continue to drop, the low cost of ownership along with increasing charging stations throughout the Upper Midwest make EVs very attractive.