September 10, 2012 by Sarah M
By Nick Halter
A $220,000 state grant will allow the city of Minneapolis to install 25 electric vehicle charging stations in downtown parking ramps.
The grant is from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and requires the city and the Minnesota Department of Transportation to chip in another $55,000. Two of the ramps are DOT-owned and two are city owned.
The grant would allow for 13 charging stations at Ramp A and four at Ramp B. Both of those ramps are near Target Field. Four would be installed at Haaf Ramp, near the Minneapolis Grain Exchange, and another four would be installed at the Leamington Ramp near the Hilton.
The city would have to pay $16,000 and the DOT would have to pay $39,000, according to a resolution to be discussed during the Sept. 11 Transportation and Public Works Committee meeting.
A city spokesman said the city has not yet decided if it will charge customers for using the stations. The city currently operates three charging stations at the Haaf ramp and customers who pay for parking can use them for free.
The charging stations are expected to be running sometime next year.