18 Minnesota Groups Recognized for Electric Vehicle Advancement

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Momentum continues to build around electric vehicles in Minnesota. Businesses, communities, education institutions, and nonprofits are stepping up and pledging to do their part in advancing clean energy in our state by expanding the use of electric vehicles (EVs).

To recognize the commitment of these 18 organizations, Recharge Minnesota, in partnership with the Olseth Family Foundation and Fresh Energy, hosted a virtual recognition event featuring Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Commissioner Laura Bishop as the Master of Ceremonies and special guest Governor Tim Walz.

“These recognition recipients are helping more Minnesotans gain access to clean transportation, including electric vehicles, and their work is truly making a difference in our state,” said Anjali Bains, senior policy associate, Beneficial Electrification at Fresh Energy.

A study by Recharge America has shown that for every individual EV in a community, more than $1,000 annually in local economic development benefit is generated. The organizations and communities recognized in this inaugural Recharge Minnesota event are stepping up to help their communities capitalize on the economic development benefits EVs provide by helping encourage and facilitate greater EV use across their communities and organizations.

Congratulations to the 2020 Recharge Minnesota Recognition Recipients!

  • Brennan Companies, a local construction company in Mankato.
  • Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota, an education nonprofit in Mankato.
  • City of North Mankato, a community with a population of 13,914.
  • City of Rochester, a community with a population of 219,802.
  • Connexus Energy, a public power provider headquartered in Ramsey.
  • Design Ready Controls, a Minnesota-based manufacturer in Brooklyn Park.
  • Great River Energy, a public power provider headquartered in Maple Grove.
  • Invictus Brewery, a local business in Blaine.
  • Mankato Area Foundation, a community foundation.
  • Mankato State University, a higher education institution with a student body of more than 14,000.
  • Neubau Holdings, a local developer in Mankato.
  • Runestone Electric Association, a public power provider in Alexandria.
  • South Central College, a regional community college in Mankato with a student body of nearly 3,000.
  • Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency, a public power provider in Rochester.
  • ZEF Energy, a Minnesota-based charging station manufacturer in Edina.
  • Xcel Energy, a statewide invester-owned utility.
  • White Bear Mitsubishi, an auto dealership in White Bear Lake.

Governor Tim Walz Recognizes Recipients

Get Involved, Sign the Pledge

Organizations that want to show their support for cleaner air and a stronger economy in Minnesota can learn more about Recharge Minnesota and pledge to create and implement an EV Action Plan here.

Organizations that pledge, sign, and report progress on their commitments will be recognized at the second annual Recharge Minnesota Recognition Event in late 2021!