Dozens of new electric vehicle charging stalls available at Minneapolis parking ramps
There are now more places to charge electric vehicles at downtown Minneapolis parking ramps. The City has finished installing 36 charging stalls at the Leamington ramp and the ABC Ramps, making a total of 39 charging stalls available at City ramps. The work was made possible by a grant from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) awarded to the City and the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT).
The new charging stations are part of the ChargePoint network, which includes an interactive map to find available charging stalls across the country, either by going online or with a smart phone app. Drivers of electric vehicles who subscribe to the network can just pull up and plug into any of the open charging stalls. The stalls are available first-come, first-served. Drivers will pay the parking rates for the ramps and for the electricity they use – about $3.20 for a “full tank.” The electricity rates are just $0.80 an hour, and a full vehicle charge takes approximately four hours.
To guarantee a sustainable energy source, the City and MnDOT have purchased wind credits from Xcel Energy for these charging stations. Proceeds will cover these electricity costs and will also be used to pay for upkeep and fund future charging stalls.
Charging stations are now available at the following City of Minneapolis parking ramps:
- Ramp A – 20 charging stalls
- Ramp B – Eight charging stalls
- Leamington ramp – Eight charging stalls
- Haaf ramp, 424 Fourth St. S. - Three charging stations (from pilot program)
Public charging stations support drivers’ decisions to drive electric cars, which are a healthy and environment-focused choice in many ways:
- With more than a third of Minnesota’s air pollution coming from cars and trucks, electric vehicles can be part of solving some of our air pollution problems.
- Electric cars are quiet, reducing noise pollution.
- Powering cars with electricity reduces our nation’s dependence on foreign oil.
Electric-powered vehicles also have immediate economic benefits to owners.
- They have fewer moving parts (requiring less maintenance) than gasoline cars.
- They also typically cost about 2 to 3 cents per mile for their electricity. Compare that to gasoline.
The MPCA grant provided up to $220,000 with a $55,000 match coming from the City’s Parking Services Ddivision and MnDOT.
Published May 7, 2014