Media: 13 projects from the leading edge of the utility transformation (Utility Dive)

Jun 1, 2018

CEE's work on electric vehicle readiness is featured in a Utility Dive article on utility transformation.

From Utility Dive:

Minnesota EV Readiness

The Minnesota electric vehicle readiness team faced one central issue, team members said: "We don't have proof that EV options are preferred [to other cars] and that investments in infrastructure can move our market."

The team, led by the Center for Energy and Environment, featured utility Xcel Energy and local stakeholders. They aim to develop an EV-ready community at Rice Creek Commons, a mixed-use development planned north of Minneapolis.

The idea, participants said, is to prove that providing EV charging infrastructure to multifamily buildings can increase adoption of the vehicles. The community could also include more novel options like EV car sharing and electric bikes and scooters to get around the development.

"We wanted to create an EV ready environment so we can look for learnings that will help Minnesota make incremental investments that will increase adoption of EVs," one team member said. That, they hope, "will provide proof so we can make investments [in EV infrastructure] that can help increase adoption..."

Read the full article at Utility Dive

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Project profile, EV Readiness