FLO Installs the Northernmost Fast Chargers in North America

If Santa trades in his reindeer for battery power, he may rest easy knowing that there is a convenient public charging station near the house. That’s because FLO just installed a pair of DC fast chargers in Fairbanks, Alaska.

“This is a significant achievement for FLO as we continue to reach drivers of underserved electric vehicles across the United States and contribute to the adoption of electric vehicles globally,” said Michael Belsousi, FLO’s Alaska regional director of sales. “This is the northernmost point where FLO fast chargers have ever been installed, although it is not our first exposure to extremely cold climates, as we have operated FLO chargers in Whitehorse, Yukon for some time. In fact, FLO charging stations are certified to operate in Temperatures as low as -40 degrees and has proven over the years to be durable and reliable even in the harshest weather conditions.

So, well, the FLO folks didn’t say anything about elves driving Santa or Tesla or even electric snowmobiles like the kind that Taiga builds not too far away in their new facility. However, these are the first fast chargers of any kind to be installed in Fairbanks, and they’re close enough to Delta Junction, Nenana, Healy, and Denali in Alaska to serve those towns too…even if, you know, they’re pretty cool or professional Or whatever it is talking about Santa (for whom those are obviously).

Instead of the winter craziness associated with Santa, smart people are praising this new installation to benefit rural electric vehicle owners even more. “We are excited to support innovation to drive electric transportation forward in Alaska,” said John Burns, president/CEO of the Golden Valley Electric Association (GVEA). “GVEA recognizes that adopting electric vehicles indoors will help reduce carbon emissions and improve Fairbanks air quality issues related to fine particulate matter.2.5 [1]. With the recent improvements, there is a growing interest from GVEA members to own an EV. Our goal is to support a robust charging network, so that owners of electric vehicles can travel without restrictions.”

In all seriousness, though, the expansion of FLO’s express shipping network to Alaska is big news. Rural and remote communities often seem to be left out of the electric car conversation, so it’s great to see more evidence that electric cars really do suit everyone, no matter where they live.

Even Santa Claus.

That’s my opinion, anyway – what’s your opinion? You can read the original press release at this link, then scroll down to the comments section and tell us what you think of FLO’s new Northwest EV lane. Enjoy!

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