The City of Saint Paul is one of the first cities in the country to purchase the new Ford all-electric Transit Connect vehicle. It is a small mini-van looking vehicle that is completely electric. The city says that it will save about $1300 per vehicle each year by eliminating gas costs. Each vehicle is rated the equivalent of 85 miles per gallon, but requires no fuel.
The city will use about $286k in federal stimulus money to purchase about 10 vehicles in 2011 and install charging stations. Excel Energy and the City of Saint Paul will also each chip in $60k toward the project. Xcel is helping several other cities, government agencies and businesses purchase the new vehicles as a marketing effort and a way to reduce up to 3.5 tones of carbon emissions per vehicle per year.
In January the city unveiled the project and the first vehicle at an event attended by Mayor Coleman, Mayor RT Rybak and several other public officials. The kickoff event was hosted by Drive Electric Minnesota, which is a coalition of government, private and non-profit businesses working to facilitate the introduction and acceptance of electric vehicles in Minnesota.
To reduce the fear of running out of electricity while driving the vehicle, Drive Electric Minnesota is working to install up to 30 charging stations around the Twin Cities at strategic locations including parking ramps and on-street locations. Up to 6 of these stations will be 100% solar powered. An electric vehicle has a range of about 100 miles on one charge, so unless you forget to plug it in at night, I doubt you would ever need a charging station. But, there are still those people that run out of gas on the highway cause they think they can make it 1 more mile!
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