By Oliver Dykstra
More than a third of all Minnesota’s air pollutant emissions come from cars and trucks. With gas prices rising, electric vehicles are an increasingly important part of an energy system that is efficient, independent, affordable, and clean. EVs have zero tailpipe emissions and if the electricity to charge an EV comes from 100 percent solar or wind power, no air pollution of any kind is created during the generation of the electricity or the EV’s use.
Those are some of the reasons that the city of St. Paul decided to purchase three electric cars. They were unveiled Tuesday at the St. Paul RiverCentre.
Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton, St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, Representative Betty McCollum, Paul Moss (MPCA), Mary Culler (Ford Motor Company), and Judy Poferl (Northern States Power) all spoke at the unveiling.
With the three new additions the city will reduce it’s carbon emissions by 3.5 tons and save an estimated $1,300 per vehicle on gasoline.
The vehicles addition was made possible through a partnership between Xcel Energy, Ford Motor Co, and Azure Dynamics.