Xcel Energy proposes to expand electric vehicle programs and public charging options

The plan also includes new EV programs and solutions supporting businesses, multi-family buildings, community charging, public transit and electric school buses.

“Transportation is the single largest source of carbon emissions in the United States, and our plan supports Minnesota’s goal of having 20% ​​of our state’s light-duty vehicles electric by 2030 – not just because that they reduce emissions and provide cleaner air, but because charging an EV at home equates to about $1 per gallon when charging overnight,” said Chris Clark, president, Xcel Energy Minnesota, Dakota North and South Dakota.” This means real savings for drivers and, most importantly, our plan positions both Xcel Energy and the Upper Midwest as a national leader in accessible and affordable charging options through customer programs. and an innovative infrastructure.”

In 2021, the company launched a record 14 new clean transportation programs in Colorado and Minnesota. The new programs are in addition to those already offered to customers in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

This current proposal dramatically increases the number of public electric vehicle charging stations in the region, making it easier for drivers to charge on the go, adding approximately 750 high-speed charging stations in Minnesota and Wisconsin, including up to to approximately 1,500 total charging ports by 2026. The company will work with communities and interested venue hosts on charging station locations in urban and rural areas, particularly along highways, national highways and highways. other traffic corridors.

The proposal enhances the success of the EV Accelerate at Home program, which offers a turnkey option working with local electricians to install a home charger, in both states to better meet customer needs and expands programs and options to help businesses provide EV charging for employees, tenants, fleet vehicles and the public.

In Minnesota, an electric school bus pilot is also being offered, as part of the company’s Partnerships, Research and Innovation initiative. Through the School Bus Pilot Project, Xcel Energy will help address the significant upfront and operational cost challenges of transitioning to electric buses and better understand how these buses can most effectively support and integrate into the grid. electricity, among other research objectives.

Pending regulatory approval, the 32 buses will be used in a vehicle-to-grid demonstration project to help maximize the benefits of electric buses for schools and the power grid.

To continue advancing clean transportation, Xcel Energy also announced a new carbon-free transportation vision that aims to provide the infrastructure and energy needed to run all vehicles in its service area with zero-carbon electricity. carbon or other clean energy by 2050.

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