In 2020, MPCA solicited applications for grants to install direct current fast-charging stations for electric vehicles in designated corridors along highways and interstates in Greater Minnesota. This grant opportunity is part of Minnesota’s Diesel Replacement Program, funded by the Volkswagen Settlement.
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 will allow EV drivers to travel over long distances throughout Minnesota.
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.
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.