MOORHEAD - Encouraging more electric vehicle use and planning charging infrastructure in northwest Minnesota and eastern North Dakota are among the topics for the Pathways to Electric Vehicle Adoption workshop set for Wednesday, May 15, at Courtyard by Marriott.

The free event runs 1 to 5:15 p.m. at the hotel, 1080 28th Ave. S.

The workshop is aimed at business and local government decision-makers who can plan for charging stations, electrify public and private vehicle fleets, or educate the public on electric vehicle use. Representatives from electric utilities, Chambers of Commerce, businesses interested in offering vehicle charging, dealerships, educators, fleet and facility managers, and electric vehicle clubs and groups are encouraged to attend.

Registration is requested at https://evpathwaysmoorhead.eventbrite.com or by calling (612) 626-0555.

As of December 2018, the electric vehicle market in the United States has posted 39 consecutive months of growth, InsideEVs reported.

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By 2040, estimates indicate that 55% of all new vehicle sales will be electric, reports Bloomberg NEF, the research service for Bloomberg Finance.

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“There are an estimated 6,000 electric vehicles on Minnesota roads, with 325 public charging stations,” said Robert Moffitt, clean air director for the American Lung Association in Minnesota. “As the range of electric vehicles expands and more models become available, we expect more drivers to choose to plug in.”

“We have a responsibility to imagine an even better future with more efficiency and savings,” said Dan Mahli, Moorhead’s assistant city manager. “We are working to increase public awareness about EVs and support public charging infrastructure.”

Cass County Electric Cooperative is embracing the technology.

“We have developed programs for our customers with electric vehicles so they can save money with reduced electricity rates or receive a free electric vehicle charger,” said Bob Miller, business accounts executive with the co-op.

For those interested in kicking the tires, a dozen electric vehicles will be on site, including a Chevy Bolt and a Nissan Leaf. Valley Imports and Gateway Nissan of Fargo are involved in the event.

This workshop is offered by Minnesota’s Clean Energy Resource Teams and North Dakota State University Extension.