Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Sprout Along Mississippi River Park In Minnesota
Parks and recreational areas have always been a good place to ‘recharge’ body, mind and spirit. Now they are also a good place to recharge electric-powered vehicles (EVs), thanks to a partnership including federal, state and local agencies that are installing vehicle charging stations at 11 locations within the Mississippi National River and Recreational Area, a 72-mile long, 54,000-acre national park along the Mississippi River that stretches from Dayton to Hastings. At 1 p.m. on Monday, June 15th, a ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at one of these sites, at Fort Snelling State Park, 101 Snelling Lake Road, Saint Paul, Minn.
The event is being planned by Twin Cities Clean Cities Coalition, a statewide program coordinated by the American Lung Association in Minnesota to reduce air pollution and petroleum consumption. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency provided expertise for the project, as well as Fort Snelling State Park and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The new vehicle charging sites are part of a national partnership between the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities program and the National Park Service.
“Tailpipe emissions are the single largest source of air pollution in Minnesota,” said Lisa Thurstin, coordinator of Twin Cities Clean Cities Coalition. “Building electric vehicle charging infrastructure will help to grow EV use and encourages people to give this cleaner transportation option a try.”