Metro Update: Wednesday, September 22, 2021
The Metropolitan Council is involved in several efforts to advance electric vehicle infrastructure in the Twin Cities region. Among these are an electric vehicle planning study and Metro Transit’s ongoing work to transition its fleet to electric vehicles.
“Transportation is the leading contributor to climate change in Minnesota and across the United States, and electric vehicles are one of the most important tools we have to reduce the pollution impacts in our communities,” said Tony Fischer, Met Council planning analyst.
Identifying strategies to accelerate electric vehicle adoption
The study will identify policies and investments that can help build an electric vehicle charging network that makes sense across city borders. It will lay the groundwork for electrification by studying:
The changing technology landscape
Supportive actions regional partners can take
The investment needed to build and run a charging system
Positive impacts on climate change and public health
Hurdles we face in adopting the technology
Future regional investments, policies, and other Met Council work to accelerate electric vehicle adoption will be informed by the study. We are conducting the story in conjunction with a similar statewide Minnesota Department of Transportation study and is expected to be complete in early 2022.