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As automakers roll out waves of new electric vehicle (EV) models, and improved battery technologies begin to vanquish “range anxiety” among prospective EV drivers, adequate public charging infrastructure will be a necessity.

In 2021, 6.6 million EVs were sold in the U.S., more than double the number from 2020 and more than triple the amount from 2019, according to the International Energy Agency. This rate is projected to grow 25% annually over the next five years.

Minnesota had 23,897 EVs at the end of 2021, according to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. This is a 241% increase from 2018 when there were 7,000 EVs in the state. Additionally, the number of EVs is expected to grow to 91,000 by 2030, according to Metropolitan Council.

This growth in EV sales has led to an increased need for electric vehicle charging stations, which can now be found in many locations, including mixed-use developments, workplaces and multifamily dwellings. Minnesota currently has 2,013 public charging points.

Dakota Electric is noticing an upward trend in EV charger installations from businesses in our service area looking to add value to their property and gain an edge over their competition.

Types of EV charging stations
There are four types of EV charging stations — AC Level 1, which takes 16-40 hours for a full charge, AC Level 2, 3-10 hours and DC Fast Charger, 30 minutes for an 80% charge.

DC charging stations are most likely to be found along transportation corridors, such as at rest stations or truck stops. Currently, the most common charging station for commercial properties are AC Level 2 chargers. In multifamily communities, AC Level 2 chargers allow residents to get a full charge overnight, similar to at-home charging.

Find EV charging stations with PlugShare
PlugShare is a free EV driver’s app for iOS, Android and web, allowing users to find charging stations, leave reviews and connect with other plug-in vehicle owners. It has the most accurate and complete public charging map worldwide, with stations from every major network in North America, Europe and throughout much of the globe.

PlugShare is also home to the largest community of EV drivers in the world. Every day, drivers add more station locations, constantly making the app more comprehensive, powerful and accurate. From within the app, users check-in when they charge and share tips, comments and photos of their charging experiences.