Grants to install direct current fast chargers for electric vehicles in designated corridors along highways and interstates in Greater Minnesota.
See the request for proposals (RFP) for full details on eligibility: who may apply, grant match amounts, and other information that will help applicants submit a proposal.
Closed: Application deadline was November 25, 2020
- Total funding: Approximately $2.66 million
- Maximum amount available for each 50kW fast charger: 80% of project costs, up to $70,000 (20% cash match required)
The purpose of this grant is to increase use of electric vehicles (EVs) in place of gas-powered cars to mitigate nitrogen oxides, and decrease fine particle pollution and greenhouse gas emissions in the state. The fast charging corridors along major roadways in Greater Minnesota will allow EV drivers to travel over long distances throughout the state.
Map of EV fast charging station corridor groups
The map shows EV charging station corridor groups (E, F, G, H, I, J, and K) to be built through this grant round. All fast-charging station installations along these highway corridors will be 50 kW stations, providing up to 50 kW in electrical power, and include a Level 2 back up charger. Applicants must only submit one proposal per corridor, and they can apply for as many corridors as they would like. Each proposal must identify one (and only one) labeled EV corridor. Funding is available for full-corridor proposals only.
Each charging station will be installed in a public place. Regardless of whether installation is on government-owned property or non-government-owned property, charging stations will be accessible by users 24-hours per day, seven days per week for no less than 355 days per year.
Each color designates a different corridor. Cities where installation of fast charging stations is suggested include Brainerd, International Falls, Warroad, Karlstad, Benson, Ortonville, Red Wing, Winona, La Crescent, Luverne, Worthington, Red Lake, Park Rapids, Ely, Thief River Falls, Crookston, Pipestone, Granite Falls, and Fairmont. Existing/planned fast charging installations and traffic volume data were considered during the development of the phase 2 EV charging corridors.
Refer to the RFP for more details on fast charging station locations.