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June 17, 2022

Increasing Access to EVs: How to Buy a Pre-Owned EV and Save Big

Electric vehicles (EVs) offer a lot of great benefits like zero tailpipe emissions, less maintenance and service, lower lifetime cost, and fast acceleration. Yet many consumers are unable to adopt EVs because of their high initial cost. Fortunately, as the EV market matures, purchasing a new EV isn’t the only option available to consumers will increasingly have the option to purchase a used EV. This post will guide you through the decision-making process of purchasing a used EV.

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June 8, 2022

Increasing Access to Charging for Renters in Multi-Unit Dwellings

The Issue It’s well known among the electric vehicle (EV) community that most charging takes place at home overnight. However, renters often face higher barriers to installing EV chargers at their residences due to lack of support from property owners or managers, inaction from local governments, or other reasons. Reduced access to home charging prevents many renters from pursuing EV adoption. This post will dive into these challenges and explore viable solutions.

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June 6, 2022

Ask Your Legislator to Support Transportation Electrification in Minnesota

Minnesota’s regular legislative session adjourned in the early morning hours of May 23. Policy makers spent the session’s final weeks trying to work out the differences between House and Senate…

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June 1, 2022

Electric Vehicle Neighborhood at the Twin Cities Auto Show

Moaz Uddin is Great Plains Institute’s Electric Vehicle Policy Specialist and is a member of the Transportation & Fuels Team and Drive Electric Minnesota staff. The following blog is a…

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May 10, 2022

Lakeville, Minnesota Electric School Bus Pilot

Photo courtesy of Great River Energy. All rights reserved.   Lakeville, Minnesota, has piloted using electric school buses. Read more from Clean Energy Resource Teams.

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March 29, 2022

Drive Electric Minnesota’s Fleet Electrification Toolkit is Live

Drive Electric Minnesota (DEMN) has released the Electrify Your Fleet tab to aid local governments through the decision-making process for electrifying their fleet vehicles and taking steps towards becoming electric vehicle ready. The Electrify your Fleet tab can be found on the DEMN website under Electric Vehicles.

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March 2, 2022

Drive Electric Minnesota’s 2022 Legislative Priorities

Minnesota’s legislators have reconvened for the 2022 legislative session. Drive Electric Minnesota’s policy agenda continues to support electric vehicle (EV) adoption in the state. This policy agenda includes supporting EV purchase incentives, encouraging electric utilities to continue investing in EV programs for their customers, increased investment in electric transit buses, ensuring that EV owners are taxed fairly, supporting additional EV charging infrastructure, and more.

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December 21, 2021

Connecting Cities Along Their EV Journey with the EV City Resource Database

Minnesota cities interested in electric vehicles (EVs) can now connect more easily to up-to-date resources on local governments who are becoming EV ready through a new database. The City Resource Database draws on learning from the Cities Charging Ahead! peer cohort efforts among Minnesota cities and tribal nations, facilitated by the Great Plains Institute and Clean Energy Resource Teams.

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December 14, 2021

EVs in the Twin Cities: Carver

Carver, Minnesota is a town of about 5,200 people located in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area and has recently made big strides in fleet electrification. I caught up with Erin Smith, the community development director for the City of Carver, to hear about the progress Carver has made in electrifying their fleet.

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December 7, 2021

EVs in the Twin Cities: Woodbury

Woodbury, Minnesota, a city of about 75,000 people located in the Metro region of Minnesota and has adopted many electric vehicles (EVs) into their city fleet. I caught up with Jen McLoughlin, the sustainability specialist for the City of Woodbury, to learn about the city’s journey of electrifying its fleet. McLoughlin shares Woodbury's process and highlights how staff experience with EVs changed perceptions over time.

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