Duluth unveiled its first electric-vehicle charging station Thursday, in a city-owned parking lot near the library and depot on Michigan Street.
It offers both Level 1 charging at common 120-volt household current and faster Level 2 charging at 240 volts.
For now, charging is free when the owner pays to park in the lot.
Two more charging stations are scheduled to open in coming months, officials said, at the University of Minnesota-Duluth campus and at Benna Ford on Tower Avenue in neighboring Superior, Wis.
Dozens of stations already exist in the Twin Cities area, and many more are scheduled to open soon.
Last month, Channel 5 news ran a story saying that they are rarely used.