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36 Electric Car Charging Stations Added to Downtown Mpls. Parking Ramps

Updated: 05/07/2014 10:16 AM
Created: 05/07/2014 7:40 AM KSTP.com
By: Jennie Olson

If you drive an electric car and run out of juice, there will now be more places in Minneapolis for you to plug in your car.

The city of Minneapolis, the Minnesota Department of Transportation, and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency on Wednesday will unveil 36 new charging stations at downtown parking ramps, bringing the total to 39. The stations are at the Leamington Ramp and the ABC Ramps.

The stations were funded from grant money from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. MnDOT Commissioner Charlie Zelle, MPCA Commissioner John Linc Stine, and Minneapolis City Council Members Cam Gordon and Kevin Reich will demonstrate how the new stations work during an unveiling event Wednesday afternoon.

As for usage, the Minnesota Auto Dealers Association says just 250 purely-electric vehicles were sold in Minnesota in 2012.

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