MPCA solicited applications for grants to install direct current fast-charging stations for electric vehicles along Minnesota highways and interstates. 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.
ZEF Energy Inc. (Minneapolis) has been selected to build all four EV fast charging corridors. Together the corridors add approximately 1,110 miles of EV corridors to Minnesota’s growing EV 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.
Designated fast-charging station corridors
In developing a list of required city locations, existing and planned fast-charger installations were taken into account.
- Installation of fast-charging stations is required in Bemidji, Grand Rapids, Detroit Lakes, St. Cloud, Willmar, Marshall, Rochester, and Mankato.
- One 150 kW fast-charging station is to be installed in Albert Lea.
VW Settlement Phase 1 - Electric Vehicle (EV) Fast Charging corridor grant
Closed: Application deadline for these funds was Aug. 21, 2018.
The RFP assists applicants in applying for and managing state grants. This document describes the EV Fast Charging Corridor grant round, including information on who may apply for grant funding, the funding priorities for the round, match requirements, activities eligible for funding, and other information that will help applicants plan their project and submit a competitive proposal. Proposals are due no later than 2:30 p.m. Central Time on August 21, 2018.
This brief webcast offers an overview of the Request For Proposals (RFP) and application forms.