In May, NIPCO received the green light from its board of directors to purchase an electric vehicle (EV) to better understand and engage with the technology and learn how EV owners navigate the benefits and challenges associated with EV ownership and operation specifically, in the rural US. NIPCO considered several makes and models of EVs before purchasing a 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E from a local dealership.
NIPCO chose the Ford Mustang Mach-E because of access to local EV maintenance, its range of distance on a single charge, and to showcase the diversity of makes and models available in the EV market.
To further support the awareness and adoption of electric vehicles, in the latter part of 2021 NIPCO joined the CHARGE™ network. CHARGE is a national EV charging brand that leverages the power of cooperative membership. The CHARGE community of cooperatives partners together to support EV adoption and promote the benefits of ownership.
NIPCO’s experiences with EV maintenance, range performance in various weather conditions, electric costs, and general observations from daily use will better inform members if they are considering an electric vehicle. The EV continues NIPCO’s initiative to educate and inform the membership on new technologies and beneficial electrification.