In 2018, 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) was selected to build all 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.
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.