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St. Louis Park working with Xcel Energy to prepare for an electric vehicle future

Post Date:September 12, 2018

Xcel Energy is working with a range of Minnesota cities and organizations to help them prepare for an electric vehicle future.  As more electric vehicle models come onto the market, they’re becoming increasingly appealing to fleet owners as a way to lower costs and their carbon footprint.

Health Partners and the cities of St. Louis Park, Bloomington, Faribault, Fridley, Hastings, Inver Grove Heights, White Bear Lake, Winona and Woodbury are just a few of the dozen that are participating in a study  that will help determine if any of their current fleet vehicles could be replaced with electric vehicles (EVs).

As part of this study, Xcel Energy is working with FleetCarma to install tracking technology on selected fleet vehicles from each city or organization. The devices monitor how these vehicles are being used and will track mileage traveled, fuel efficiency and idling time. This data will help identify which vehicles are best suited to be replaced with an EV model, based on the financial and environmental benefits.

“Xcel Energy’s assessment program will help St. Louis Park work toward achieving the goals of its recently passed Climate Action Plan,” said Shannon Pinc, St. Louis Park environment and sustainability coordinator. “We look forward to the results of the study so that the city can continue to be a model for residents and businesses in the area of clean energy.”

“Many of our large customers are looking at innovative ways to reduce costs, meet sustainability goals and prepare for the future,” said Chris Clark, president, Xcel Energy-Minnesota. “Electric vehicles can provide a great opportunity for communities and companies to reduce carbon emissions and save on fuel and other costs. This assessment program is a great way to help fleet operators evaluate the most environmentally and fiscally responsible ways to electrify their fleet vehicles.”  

Xcel Energy is doing the study as part of the company’s long-term clean energy strategy that includes electrifying the transportation industry to benefit the environment and customers, helping them save money and reduce their carbon footprint. 

Learn more about electric vehicles.