This week, Volkswagen announced their plan for $2 billion in Zero Emissions Vehicle investments as part of their Clean Air Act settlement. While most of this specific investment is going to Chicago, Minnesota is likely to reap benefits from charging infrastructure along interstate highways and public awareness campaigns. This competitive pot of money is separate from the $10.03 billion due to vehicle owners and $2.7 billion in the Environmental Mitigation Trust, of which Minnesota is eligible for up to $47 million.
As part of Charge Up Midwest, a new partnership aimed at catalyzing Midwest leadership on electric vehicles, Fresh Energy is happy to see Chicago selected as one of 11 cities nationwide for targeted investments. Senior Policy Associate Andrew Twite offered the following statement in response to the announcement.
“Volkswagen’s investments will help expand Minnesota’s growing network of electric vehicle charging equipment. Soon, electric vehicle owners will be able to drive anywhere in the state without worrying about being able to charge their cars.”