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Making Your City "EV Ready"

As cities look to capitalize on the opportunity that EVs can bring, from lower maintenance costs for consumers to better air quality for residents, they also must lay the groundwork for their communities to become ‘EV ready’.
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The Lowdown on the Federal EV Tax Credit

If you’re thinking about purchasing a plug-in vehicle in 2017, chances are good that you’ll still be able to cash in on that deal, but it won’t be around forever.
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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.

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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. …

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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. 

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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.

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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…

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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…

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May 6, 2019

The EV-olution is here!

Earlier this spring, 100 electric vehicle (EV) stakeholders gathered for a day-long event, “EV-olution: Charging Ahead with Electric Vehicles in Minnesota Communities,” held at the at the Como Park Zoo…

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