Minnesota PUC approves Xcel electric vehicle charging program for multi-unit housing

Published on May 24, 2021 by Chris Galford

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Thanks to approval from the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) last week, Xcel Energy will expand an electric vehicle (EV) pilot program to include charging stations at multi-unit housing complexes.

In all, the program proposes to spend $4.4 million over three years to help these complexes and affordable housing options to provide EV charging to their occupants. Xcel anticipates this could lead to the installation of approximately 348 charging ports across 51 multi-dwelling units.

“The Commission appreciates that Xcel Energy is looking into ways to build out more charging infrastructure for Minnesotans at more income levels and in more types of housing,” Commissioner Matthew Schuerger said. “As EVs gain popularity in Minnesota and across the country, it is important that we ensure EV charging is accessible to renters and apartment dwellers regardless of their income.”

Additionally, the pilot program will broaden EV access by assisting in the installation of charging infrastructure for carsharing hubs at these types of housing complexes.