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Getting charged up: Electric vehicle tools, grants, and news

Charging Forward


It seems like electric vehicles are all over the news these days, and there are lots of resources and tools for organizations looking to move forward with vehicles or charging infrastructure. This post features:

  1. Recent news about EVs and charging
  2. Open EV grant opportunities in Minnesota
  3. Resources from the Cities Charging Ahead! cohort

Recent news about EVs and


Electric vehicles are all over the news these days! Here are four recent stories definitely worth a read:

  1. Minnesota will use VW money to plug gaps in electric vehicle charging network
    Midwest Energy News, Frank Jossi - 10/11/2019
  2. Electric car charging station coming to 9 Minnesota cities
    Alexandria Echo Press, Nathan Bowe - 10/09/2019
  3. SMMPA Members Commit to Electric Vehicle Charging Network
    SMMPA News - 11/25/2019

  4. What the Volkswagen settlement says about the difficulty of cutting transportation emissions in Minnesota
    MinnPost, Walker Orenstein - 11/22/2019


Open EV grant
opportunities in


As part of the VW settlement, states are eligible to receive funds to pay part of the cost of projects to reduce emissions from diesel vehicles and to install electric-vehicle charging stations. Minnesota’s share of the settlement is $47 million.

  1. Apply now: Heavy-duty electric replacement grants, including school buses
  2. Weigh in: Share your thoughts about how to shape Phase 2 of the VW settlement plan
  3. Learn more: How is Minnesota encouraging the use of electric vehicles?

Cities Charging Ahead!
resources & tools


Cities Charging Ahead! was a peer cohort of 28 cities that worked together across Minnesota to explore electric vehicle readiness. Participating cities received technical assistance focused on actions and best practices to accelerate the adoption of EVs.

  1. See info, case studies, and webinars from Cities Charging Ahead!
  2. Access resources and tools to educate communities and promote EVs

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