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Transportation & Land Use

325,000 reserved the new Tesla – what does it mean for EVs?

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This is the latest is a series of events showing the growing demand for electric vehicles (EVs) in Minnesota and nationally, including an all-electric room at the Twin Cities Auto Show and a steep discount on the Nissan Leaf in the month of March. With the Chevy Bolt (another 200 mile electric vehicle expected to cost around $35,000) set to release next year, a year ahead of the Model 3, a new issue is about to be raised in the world of electric vehicles: the downside of being first to market.

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Transportation & Land Use

Tackling transportation issues this session

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As the legislative session gets underway, there has been growing demand from local leaders around the state calling for the legislature to pass a sustainable, long-term funding package that support all transportation options, from biking and walking trails to public transportation and road repair.

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Transportation & Land Use

DRIVE – NEUTRAL – REVERSE: What’s shifting EV markets?

The market for electric vehicles (EVs) has been developing rapidly over the past several years. As the market matures, it has the potential to make a dramatic impact not only on the auto industry but electric utilities, consumers, and the entire electric grid. To make sense of it all, we took a look at which market forces are shifting EVs into DRIVE, which are keeping the market in NEUTRAL, and which are moving things in REVERSE.

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Transportation & Land Use

Fresh Energy and PlugInConnect launch EV partnership

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Today, Fresh Energy and PlugInConnect are launching a special partnership focused on creating a more robust market for renewable energy fueled electric vehicles (EVs) throughout Minnesota. Jukka Kukkonen, the founder of PlugInConnect, will be providing extensive industry experience to compliment Fresh Energy’s depth of policy and regulatory expertise.

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Transportation & Land Use

Minnesota Partners Collaborate on Energy Code Compliance

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The MECCC has recently launched a website to be a resource to code officials, buildings, and contractors who are working to implement everything from slight upgrades in wall and roof insulation and windows, to some bigger jumps in commercial lighting, HVAC and duct efficiencies, and residential envelope air tightness.

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Transportation & Land Use

Minnesota showcased for Drive Electric Week

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Drive Electric Week, running from September 12-20th, 2015, is a great example of how Minnesota is quickly becoming a leader in electric vehicles. With numerous events ranging from the Mall of America to the Saint Paul Farmer’s Market, the week’s activities aim to engage the public in learning about the widespread economic and environmental benefits of electric vehicles.

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