EV fast charging station grants

Direct current fast-charging stations for electric vehicles

Apply for a grant 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.

  • Application deadline: 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)

Application materials

Phase 2 Electric vehicle fast charging corridor grants (FY21)

PDF icon Request for proposals (p-f2-32a-fy21)

The RFP assists applicants in applying for and managing state grants. This document describes the Electric Vehicle (EV) Fast Charging Corridor grant round, and provides information that will help applicants plan their EV corridor project and submit a competitive proposal. Proposals are due no later than 4:30 p.m. Central Time on November 25, 2020.

File Application form (p-f2-32g-fy21)

Additional references

Informational meeting

The MPCA held an informational meeting on the grant round and RFP on Sept. 15, 2020.

 

Questions and answers

Applicants who have any questions regarding this RFP must email questions to grants.pca@state.mn.us, subject line: “EV Fast Charging”, no later than 2:30 p.m. Central Time on November 12, 2020. Answers to questions will be posted on this web page within three days of receipt in a list of frequently asked questions (FAQ).

PDF icon Frequently asked questions (p-f2-32b-fy21)

The contact for this RFP: Tracey Josephson, Contract Specialist; tracey.josephson@state.mn.us or 651-757-2477.

MPCA personnel not listed are not authorized to discuss this RFP with applicants. Any contact regarding this RFP with other MPCA personnel may result in disqualification.

Overview

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.

 

Map: Electric vehicle fast charging stations - proposed corridors