September 10, 2019
Cities Charging Ahead! That’s a Wrap, Now What?
During 2018-19, 28 Minnesota cities worked together in regional cohorts through the Cities Charging Ahead! (CCA) project to learn and act together to become “electric vehicle (EV) ready communities.” These…
September 4, 2019
How to Electrify Your Fleet: Lessons from Cities Charging Ahead Fleet Studies
Stakeholder groups working to increase electric vehicle (EV) adoption often highlight the money you can save by driving an EV over the lifetime of the vehicle as one of several…
August 15, 2019
Electric Vehicle Charging Station Economics: GPI’s DC Fast Charging Calculator
As part of our research on the economics of DC fast charging, the Great Plains Institute created a model to calculate the costs and revenue of operating an electric…
August 10, 2019
Analysis: How Demand Charges Impact Electric Vehicle Fast Charging Infrastructure
The Great Plains Institute recently released a white paper analyzing the economics of direct current fast charging (DCFC) as part of our work with the Midcontinent Transportation…
July 21, 2019
Reducing Transportation Emissions Through Better Zoning
Local governments across the nation are leading on solutions to address climate change that will bring major benefits to their communities, from cleaner air to saving money on energy bills. Over 400 mayors in the US signed accords to meet the Paris climate goals, and hundreds of American cities have taken the next steps of establishing carbon emission benchmarks, setting carbon reduction or carbon neutrality goals, and creating climate action or energy plans on how to achieve their local goals.
June 29, 2019
Business and Government Collaboration Creates Electric Vehicle Charging Solution: Case Study in Red Wing, MN
Businesses in the City of Red Wing, MN are a prime example of the forward–thinking needed to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure. …
June 23, 2019
Electrifying the Family Road Trip
The American Automobile Association (AAA) expects 100 million Americans and more than 50 percent of families to pack up the car for a road trip this summer (even more than last year). In Minnesota, the popular trip ‘Up North’ to Lake Superior is the first to go fully electric with the Interstate 35 corridor now boasting enough chargers to power any electric vehicle (EV) from the Twin Cities to Duluth. Historic Highway 61, made famous by Bob Dylan’s acoustics, is also now electrified with chargers located near popular recreational and historic stops.
June 20, 2019
Behind the Wheel: GPI Electric Vehicle Drivers Share Their Experience on Public Radio
Many of our Great Plains Institute (GPI) staffers have become owners of fully-electric vehicles in recent years. Over the last several months, Minnesota Public Radio shared their stories on air.
June 15, 2019
Meeting Demand for Electric Vehicle Charging Along Minnesota’s North Shore: A Case Study
The draw of a popular tourist destination and an enterprising partnership created a win-win situation for electric vehicle (EV) drivers and Minnesota communities from the Twin Cities…
June 11, 2019
Legislative Outcome on Electric Vehicles in Minnesota—Going Forward by Not Going Backward
We communicated a great deal about electric vehicle (EV) bills in the Minnesota legislature this year given their potential to shape the trajectory of EV adoption in the…