A portion of the settlement funds will be used to invest in electric vehicle charging stations around Minnesota. Our planned investment in EV fast-charging stations along highway corridors in Greater Minnesota will expand the statewide charging network by more than 2,500 miles.

Learn more about our initiative to reduce transportation emissions:

To support EV use and increase access to this cleaner technology, Minnesota needs a statewide charging network to fuel EVs — not just in the Twin Cities metro area. That’s why the MPCA is using funds from Minnesota’s share of the national Volkswagen (VW) settlement to build charging infrastructure across the state.

Minnesota will receive a total of $47 million from the national VW settlement by 2028. MPCA is using funds from the VW settlement to clean up air pollution in Minnesota today and invest in a cleaner transportation system for our future.

In 2019, MPCA awarded more than $1.4 million in grant funds to install 22 EV fast-charging stations along highway corridors in Greater Minnesota. From 2020 to 2023, the agency will invest an additional $3.5 million in EV charging stations. This next phase will expand the charging network by more than 2,500 miles, enabling EV drivers to travel longer distances throughout the state without worrying about where they can refuel.

Map of EV fast charging station corridor groups

Map: Electric vehicle fast charging stations - proposed corridors

2020

Greenlots (Los Angeles, Calif.) was selected to build corridor G, and ZEF Energy Inc. (Minneapolis, Minn.) was selected to build corridors E, F, H, I, J, and K. Together they add approximately 2,500 miles of EV corridors to Minnesota’s growing charging network. Each station will have one charger with at least a 50kW capacity and a level 2 backup and capacity to install two additional 50kW stations or one station up to 350 kW in the future.

2018

EV fast-charging station grants

ZEF Energy Inc. (Minneapolis) was selected to build four EV fast charging corridors. Together they add approximately 1,110 miles of EV corridors to Minnesota’s growing charging network. Each station will have one 50 kW charger with a level 2 backup and capacity to install two additional 50kW stations or one station up to 350 kW in the future.

EV Level 2 charging station grants

Level 2 EV charging stations will be installed in the following locations. All 25 stations are dual port, meaning two vehicles can charge at the same time. Most stations are available for public use 24 hours per day, seven days per week.

City of Minneapolis $8,945 Department of Public Works: Hiawatha Maintenance Facility(*)
City of Minneapolis $8,944 Department of Public Works: Hiawatha Maintenance Facility(*)
City of South St. Paul $10,000 City Hall/South St. Paul Public Library
City of South St. Paul $10,000 Central Square Community Center
City of Saint Paul $8,340 Snelling-Midway (on-street)
City of Saint Paul $8,680 Block 19 Ramp
City of Saint Paul $8,700 Lowertown Ramp
City of Saint Paul $8,700 Kellogg Ramp
Great Plains Institute $6,968 City of Fridley Civic Campus
Great Plains Institute $7,263 Coon Rapids Ice Center
Great Plains Institute $7,653 Coon Rapids City Hall
Hennepin County $10,000 Augsburg Park Library
Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe $5,050 White Oak Casino
Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe $5,050 Northern Lights Casino
Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe $5,050 Cedar Lakes Casino
Renewable Energy Partners $10,000 Brooklyn Center (new development)
University of Minnesota $10,000 University of Minnesota – Duluth, Parking Lot D
University of Minnesota $10,000 University of Minnesota – Duluth, Residence Dining Center
University of Minnesota $5,615 University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, Food Operations Building

(*) Not open to the public: stations are on private property for private use only