Minneapolis Upgrading Fleet with Electric Vehicles

November 16, 2018 10:21 PM

The City of Minneapolis is looking to change some of their fleet of vehicles into electric vehicles and Xcel is helping to make that a reality. Right now the city has roughly a dozen electric vehicles, but they have high hopes for more.

 "Can it be a reality that eventually our entire city fleet will be electric?" Al Thunberg with the Fleet Services Division said. 


A big challenge for the city to switch over to electrical vehicles has been a reliable network of charging stations.

"Xcel is going to invest in the infrastructure of the wiring to the locations where we would park electric vehicles. The city would be responsible for putting the charging station on the wall," Thunberg said.

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For starters, 50 charging stations would go below the federal courthouse, 10 at the city's water treatment plant in Fridley and 10 more at a facility on Aldrich Avenue.

"We'll be providing information on the amount of charging required and comparing it to the cost of a gas fleet to an electric fleet," Aakash Chandrarana with Xcel said.

Xcel's pilot program is estimated to cost around $14.4 million. 

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