The Land of 10,000 Lakes is now No. 1 when it comes to cutting electric-vehicle recharging rates. Minnesota has become the first state in the union to require investor-owned utilities to offer consumers discounted rates for EV charging during off-peak hours. You betcha.
More than 1.3 million households throughout the state will have the chance to take advantage of off-peak rates when recharging their plug-ins during hours outside of the 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. timeframe, clean-energy advocate Fresh Energy says. Xcel Energy, Minnesota Power and Otter Tail Power, Minnesota’s three largest utilities, are being given until early next year to set their off-peak charging rates. Already, Minnesota–Connexus and Dakota Electric are charging the equivalent of about 57 cents a gallon for EV charging while regular gas prices are running about $3.53 a gallon, so there is a little momentum here.
For those keeping track, Minnesota is home to 155 publicly accessible charging stations, according to the US Department of Energy. That translates to one for every 33,000 vehicles in the state. Nationwide, there is one publicly accessible station for every 30,500 vehicles. Eleven types of plug-in models, including the Chevrolet Volt, Nissan Leaf, Tesla Model S andFord C-Max Energi are sold in the state. Check out Fresh Energy’s press releasebelow.