About Drive Electric Minnesota

By bringing together all of the parts and players in the electric vehicle industry, Drive Electric MN will accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles in Minnesota.


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.

We believe EVs are an important component of energy efficiency and cleaner transportation in Minnesota that is both financially and environmentally sustainable. Advancing EV deployment will have many benefits to Minnesotans, including reduced transportation costs, cleaner air, and energy independence.

Great Plains Institute

The Great Plains Institute (GPI) is transforming the energy system to benefit the economy and environment.

As an initiative of GPI, Drive Electric MN sees electric vehicles as an integral part of achieving this mission. Consensus oriented and inclusive, Drive Electric MN relies on the same thoughtful process for effecting this transformation as its parent organization:



The leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy.

Their mission is to offer utility products and services in a safe, reliable and responsible manner in order to enhance the quality of life in their community.

Connexus Energy supports the growing electric vehicle market and wants to work with members who purchase an electric vehicle to make sure you get the most affordable rate to meet your charging needs.

Dakota Electric wants to make the transition from the gas pump to the plug-in easier for members with plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.

Great River Energy is committed to increasing energy efficiency and reducing environmental impact through our cooperative members, and our community.

Fresh Energy’s mission is to shape and drive realistic, visionary energy policies that benefit all. They are working toward a vision for an economy we thrive in and energy that ensures our well-being.

Greenlots is unlocking the possibilities of the new electric mobility future by delivering innovative software and services that empowers utilities, cities, communities and automakers to deploy EV charging infrastructure at scale.

Kline Nissan is a local, family-owned dealership that is part of Kline Auto World. Kline Auto World has been a dealer in the Twin Cities and metro area for over 40 years.

Their mission is to protect the public interest; advocate for Minnesota consumers; ensure a strong, competitive and fair marketplace; strengthen the state’s economic future; and serve as a trusted public resource for consumers and businesses.

MN Plug-In Vehicle Owners Circle is a group of EV advocates providing a forum for people to learn and experience EVs.

MPCA monitors environmental quality, offers technical and financial assistance, and enforces environmental regulations.

Electric Vehicles are an exciting option for drivers and our environment. As these new vehicles hit the road, Minnesota Power is here to help.

At Nissan, we are committed to a sustainable future, but there is a lot more to it than just building efficient vehicles. In every aspect of our business, we are always working towards reducing both our energy consumption and environmental impact.

Otter Tail Power Company is an investor-owned electric utility that provides electricity for residential, commercial, and industrial customers in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

Xcel Energy provides the energy that powers millions of homes and businesses across eight Western and Midwestern states.

ZEF Energy works to advance EV adoption by creating a robust fast charging network that allows EV drivers the freedom to drive their electric car wherever they wish.