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Minnesota Power drives EnergyForward with EV fast chargers, hosts car show for Drive Electric Week

Minnesota Power is on the road to a clean energy future as it expands its support for electric vehicles with plans to build 16 fast charging stations and hosts an EV car show later this week.

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission last week gave the green light to Minnesota Power’s plans to expand the EV charging network in northern Minnesota by installing 16 DC fast charging stations.

And now, during National Drive Electric Week, Sept. 25-Oct. 3, Minnesota Power joins utilities and organizations across the United States to raise awareness of the many environmental and economic benefits of electric vehicles.

The company is wrapping up the week with an Electric Vehicle Car Show Oct. 2 in Duluth’s Lincoln Park.

Support for EVs, including expanding access to public charging stations, is part of Minnesota Power’s EnergyForward vision for a carbon-free energy future by 2050. The company’s vision also includes adding more renewable sources of energy and investing in infrastructure for managing the delivery of increasing amounts of renewable energy.

“The shift to electric power in the transportation sector is accelerating and Minnesota Power is proud to encourage the adoption of EVs by adding more chargers across our service area. More EVs are on the road every day because they are economical to operate, fun to drive and offer a great way to reduce carbon emissions,” said Frank Frederickson, Minnesota Power vice president of Customer Experience. “Our commitment to customers, communities and the
climate includes making it more convenient and affordable to use EVs through easy and equitable access to charging stations and rewards programs. At Minnesota Power, our energy mix already is 50% renewable and we are excited to be fueling more and more EVs with increasingly carbon-free energy that’s also reliable and affordable.”

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