Electric vehicles charging ahead


Original article from Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

The Sahnow family above came out on Sunday to charge their Nissan Leaf in the #24EVchallenge.

A high-speed charging network was just installed in Minnesota with 21 new fast-charging DC stations, 20 of which are in the Twin Cities metro area. At these stations, it takes just 15 minutes to charge a vehicle, giving drivers more flexibility when driving their electric vehicles. The addition of these new charging stations has put the Twin Cities in the top 10 in the nation for fast-charging stations.

In April, a group of local businesses and electric vehicle owners had the goal of setting a Guinness World Record by fast-charging 100 plug-in electric vehicles within 24 hours, the #24EVChallenge.

It has never been easier to own or lease an electric vehicle in Minnesota. Leasing an electric car can cost as little as $200 per month, and $25 can buy 1,000 miles of driving. The new network of fast charging stations makes it easier for electric vehicle drivers to venture further from home. Fast-charging stations are more efficient than other stations, where it can take up to 4 hours to fully charge a vehicle.

Photo courtesy of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

Photo courtesy of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency