Energy-efficient Vehicles

Interested in a fuel-efficient vehicle? Here are some tools to help you decide

The transportation industry is changing. Technological advancements like electric vehicles can help reduce environmental impacts, reliance on foreign oil, and the cost of driving. Minnesota can prepare for this change by embracing electric vehicles and moving toward a sustainable transportation system.

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.

Learn about your EV charging options.

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.

Cars evaluated against climate targets. From the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

PlugInConnect is an EV market and business solutions developer based in Minnesota. The Southcentral Minnesota Clean Energy Council has worked with PlugInConnect to provide EV charging workshops in southcentral Minnesota. is part of an education and awareness media campaign investment powered by Volkswagen Group of America. Designed to support education and awareness of zero emission vehicles (ZEV) through brand-neutral outreach, this site links to various pages in order to enhance ZEV awareness.

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.