Electric Vehicles (EVs) and Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs)

Interested in an electric vehicle? Here are some tools to help you decide

Recharge Mankato is working to establish Greater Mankato as a leader in efforts aimed at ushering a new era for community mobility centered on the promise of advanced technology electric vehicles, of all types.

Top companies, schools, civic leaders, and others in Minnesota are driving towards clean transportation. Recharge Minnesota is a program recognizing their work in supporting the use of zero emission vehicles (ZEV) for their operations, employees, and communities.

Here’s your electric vehicle dictionary.

Minnesota is working to become the Midwestern leader for plug-in electric vehicle (EV) use. In 2018, there were nearly 7,000 EV registrations total in the state. Over 600 public charging station outlets are located throughout the state. Accelerating Electric Vehicle Adoption: A Vision for Minnesota is the first coordinated attempt to outline a statewide vision for increasing EV use.

Volkswagen has agreed to settle allegations that it violated the federal Clean Air Act by selling vehicles that emit air pollution over the legal limit, and by cheating on federal emission tests to hide the excess pollution.

As part of the settlement, states are eligible to receive funds to pay part of the cost of projects to reduce diesel emissions from vehicles and to install electric vehicle charging stations. The MPCA developed Minnesota’s plan for using these funds to improve air quality in our state.

Facilitated by Great Plains Institute, Drive Electric Minnesota is a partnership of Minnesota’s electric vehicle (EV) champions, dedicated to encouraging the deployment of EVs and the establishment of EV charging infrastructure through public-private partnerships, financial incentives, education, technical support and public policy.

Charging Electric Vehicles 101 (from Drive Electric Minnesota)

Charging an electric vehicle (EV) is like filling up a conventional vehicle with gas, except the gas station is a charging station, and the fuel is electricity. It couldn’t be simpler to charge your EV—we’ll help you break it down.

The Clean Cars Minnesota rule is an opportunity to make real progress in reducing greenhouse gas emissions from transportation.

Learn about EV charging options and how to power your drive with renewable energy.

EV Charging 101 (from Xcel Energy)

Charge at home or on the go. Plugging in to power your electric vehicle is as simple as it sounds. We can help you make sure you're ready to fuel at home or on the road.

Compare the cost of your selection to a similar gas vehicle. An electric car can save you money because it can be less expensive to own and maintain than a 100% gasoline-powered car.

EV Choice Brochure (from Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency)

This informative brochure gives a really good and easy-to-understand of EV charging options.

The Midwest (EVOLVE) Electric Vehicle Opportunities: Learning, eVents, Experience project is a partnership between the American Lung Association and eight Midwestern Clean Cities coalitions in seven states. The purpose of the project is to educate consumers, as well as public and private fleets, about the performance and environmental advantages of electric vehicles.

Rochester Electric Vehicles is the for people needing or wanting a new car, considering going electric, and wanting to know what to expect for someone specifically living in Rochester, Minnesota.

Shift2Electric is an EV market and business consulting and training company in Minnesota. S2E has built impactful business strategies and solutions for: Utility company EV programs, apartment building and condominium charging, workplace charging, DC fast charging, regional charging infrastructure strategies, dealership outreach, education and training, smart grid integration, general outreach and education.

This site is designed to help Minnesotans become educated EV buyers. We want to advance the future where Minnesotans are driving electric cars powered by clean, renewable electricity, not oil and gas. There is a clear need for practical information about EVs, so we want to do our part to help with this. Get ready to change things and start driving better cars.

Is an electric vehicle a smart consumer choice? Absolutely! But first you need the facts about EVs and how they relate to your driving needs. The EVolution consumer choice tool is here to help. From the Argonne National Laboratory.

Check out the growing list of cars powered by electricity! A few years ago, you could count the number of available plug-in cars on one hand, with a couple fingers left over. Today, there are about 40 models offered from more than a dozen different brands—in a range of sizes, styles, price points, and powertrains to suit a wide range of consumers.

Plug In America is a non-profit, supporter-driven advocacy group. "We are the voice of plug-in vehicle drivers across the country. Our mission is to drive change to accelerate the shift to plug-in vehicles powered by clean, affordable, domestic electricity to reduce our nation’s dependence on petroleum, improve air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions."

"We want every plug-in buyer to have an exceptional experience – one they can’t wait to share with others. To meet this need, Plug In America has launched the PlugStar program to inform car shoppers and connect them with dealers specially trained and equipped to meet the needs of electric car buyers."

PlugShare is a free application for iOS, Android, and web that allows users to find and review charging stations, and to connect with other plug-in vehicle owners.

The Electric Auto Association is North America’s leading nonprofit that accelerates the adoption of electric vehicles by supporting its 80 chapters and thousands of members as they talk neighbor-to-neighbor in their communities about the benefits of driving electric.