Plug In America and Drive Electric Minnesota are excited to present a free webinar series focused on accelerating electric transportation adoption in 2021, in partnership with Xcel Energy and the Sustainable Growth Coalition. In the six-part webinar series (December 1–4, 2020), attendees will learn about several electric vehicle policy and implementation topics:

  • basics and benefits of electric vehicles
  • how Minnesota can become a leader in transportation electrification
  • policies to implement at the state, city, fleet, and workplace levels
  • how the state can overcome the remaining barriers to greater electric vehicle adoption

There will also be a chance to “drive” electric in a virtual ride and drive webinar!

Each webinar has a different focus, with different audiences in mind. We encourage you to
attend the webinars that align with your interests. Details about each webinar, including how to
register, is provided below.

 

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The Role of Cities and Counties in Transportation Electrification

Tuesday, December 1, 2020, 11:00 am–12:30 pm CT
Who should attend? City and county officials and staff.
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As Minnesota’s transportation sector moves toward more electrification, cities and counties have a unique role to play. In addition to installing charging infrastructure, cities should adopt building codes, explore right-of-way charging policies, coordinate with the state on electric vehicle signage, and much more. This webinar will answer the following questions:

  • What policies should cities adopt?
  • What unique role do cities play?
  • Which Minnesota cities are leading the way on policy adoption?

Attendees will also have a chance to ask our experts questions during breakout sessions.

Featured speakers:

  • Brian Ross, Great Plains Institute
  • Dean Taylor, Plug In America
  • Diana McKeown, Metro Clean Energy Resource Team
  • Hon. Charlie Zelle, Metropolitan Council
  • Katherine Stainken, Plug In America

 

The 101 on Electric Vehicles for Minnesota

Tuesday, December 1, 1:00–2:00 pm CT
Who should attend? Prospective electric vehicle drivers, new electric vehicle drivers, and anyone that wants to learn more about electric vehicles
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This introduction to electrified transportation gives attendees the basics about electric vehicles, including information on where and how to charge them and the latest market developments. It also covers the economic and environmental benefits of electric transportation and how the state can overcome the remaining barriers to greater adoption of electric vehicles.

Featured speakers:

  • Brendan Jordan, Great Plains Institute
  • Jukka Kukkonen, Shift2Electric
  • Katherine Stainken, Plug In America
  • Kevin Schwain, Xcel Energy

 

Experience Electric Vehicles in a Virtual Test Drive

Tuesday, December 1, 2:15–3:00 pm CT
Who should attend? Prospective electric vehicle drivers, new electric vehicle drivers, and anyone that wants to learn more about electric vehicles.
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This virtual test drive experience will show off three different electric vehicles and their features. Attendees will have the opportunity to talk with electric vehicle drivers and understand the joy, power, and quiet of driving electric, right from their own home.

Featured speakers:

  • Katherine Stainken, Plug In America
  • Laura Andrews, Plug In America
  • Lisa Thurstin, Michael Bearfoot and Brian Anderson, EV Drivers

 

How Minnesota Can Lead on Transportation Electrification in 2021

Thursday, December 3, 10:00 am–12:00 pm CT
Who should attend? Legislators and legislative staff, agency staff, regulators, and advocates of transportation electrification (e.g., businesses, utilities, transit agencies, NGOs, etc.)
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Minnesota has taken some steps in recent years to advance transportation electrification, but much more remains to be done in 2021. To lead and reach the state’s vision of 20 percent light-duty electric vehicles by 2030, Minnesota will need to adopt supportive policies at the executive, regulatory, and legislative levels.

Attendees will learn which policies Minnesota can adopt in 2021 and the benefits of an accelerated transition to transportation electrification in the state. This webinar is geared towards legislators, agency staff, regulators, and others in the transportation electrification advocacy community.

Featured speakers:

  • Brendan Jordan, Great Plains Institute
  • Commissioner Bishop, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (invited)
  • Dean Taylor, Plug In America
  • Katherine Stainken, Plug In America
  • Representative Jamie Long, Minnesota House of Representatives (invited)
  • Representative Zach Stephensen, Minnesota House of Representatives (invited)
  • Senator David Senjem, Minnesota Senate (invited)
  • Tim Sexton, Minnesota Department of Transportation

 

Economic Development Opportunities for Minnesota from the Transportation Electrification Sector

Thursday, December 3, 1:00–2:30 pm CT
Who should attend? Legislators and legislative staff, agency staff, regulators, and advocates of transportation electrification (e.g., businesses, utilities, transit agencies, NGOs, etc.)
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As Minnesota recovers from the COVID pandemic, the electric transportation future can offer numerous economic benefits such as supporting existing electric vehicle jobs, attracting electric vehicle manufacturing jobs and additional indirect jobs associated with the sector, and small businesses investing in chargers to attract customers and tourists.

This panel discussion features experts who will speak to these benefits for Minnesota, and what supportive policies the state needs to establish itself as a leader in transportation electrification. There will also be a breakout session to further explore topics.

Featured speakers:

  • Bloomberg New Energy Finance (invited)
  • Bree Halverson, Blue Green Alliance
  • Dan Lipschultz, former Commissioner, MN Public Utilities Commission
  • David Ranallo, Great River Energy
  • Dean Taylor, Plug In America
  • Jamez Staples, Renewable Energy Partners
  • Steve Grove, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (invited)

 

Expanding Charging for Minnesota Fleets, Workplaces, Multi-Unit Dwellings, and Public Locations

Friday, December 4, 10:00 am–12:00 pm CT
Who should attend? Businesses and state agencies who have or are thinking about charging for fleets, employees, general public, and multi-family buildings; property owners/managers; the general public; transit agencies; and advocates of transportation electrification.
Register now!

As the transportation sector becomes more electric, businesses have a unique role to play. This webinar will cover the following:

  • incentives to help build charging infrastructure
  • main considerations for building charging infrastructure for fleets, workplaces, and public locations and large apartments and condos
  • how Minnesota compares to other states in developing charging infrastructure

Featured speakers:

  • Anders Thulin, Siemens
  • Anne Hunt, Minnesota Department of Administration (invited)
  • Bill Black, Minnesota Municipal Utilities Association
  • Carrie Desmond, Metro Transit
  • Dean Taylor, Plug In America
  • Jordan Baynard, Ecolab
  • Jukka Kukkonen, Shift2Electric
  • Kevin Schwain, Xcel Energy
  • Nadia El Mallakh, Xcel Energy
  • Siri Simons, Minnesota Department of Transportation