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Initial Group of 18 Minnesota Organizations Receive First Recognition for EV Efforts by Recharge MN

Updated: Oct 6

SEPTEMBER 22, 2020

Contact: Kirk Brown, Recharge America: (612) 504-9841; kirk@recharge-america.org


Inaugural Recharge MN Recognition Event Co-hosted by Recharge America, the Olseth Family Foundation and Fresh Energy


MINNEAPOLIS, SEPTEMBER 22, 2020: A diverse group of 18 Minnesota companies,

communities, higher education institutions, and community-based organizations have been

recognized for their efforts to expand the use of electric vehicles (EVs) in Minnesota.


The inaugural Recharge MN recognition ceremony spotlighting leaders in EV adoption was held as a virtual event on September 22, 2020. The Recharge MN program recognizes Minnesota companies, communities, higher education institutions, and community-based organizations that take steps to encourage EV adoption. The event was co-hosted by Recharge America, the Olseth Family Foundation and Fresh Energy and included Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Commissioner Laura Bishop who served as the event’s Master of Ceremonies.


“The voices we're hearing from today provide an inspiring view into communities working

together for the promise of a better Minnesota," said Jon Olseth, Director of the Olseth

Family Foundation. "We’re proud to join with leaders from across our state to spotlight their

collective efforts and their shared commitment to innovation, community, and collaboration."


“Today, Fresh Energy joins in celebrating a wide variety of organizations across the state who

are committing to be innovative and economic leaders setting the pace for a clean energy future in Minnesota,” said J. Drake Hamilton, Science Policy Director of Fresh Energy. “These recognition recipients are helping more Minnesotans gain access to clean transportation, including electric vehicles, and their work is truly making a difference in our state.”


For every individual EV in a community, Recharge America has shown that it delivers over

$1,000 per year in local economic development benefit. The Recharge MN initiative recognizes leaders across the state for their actions to build on those economic benefits by helping encourage and facilitate greater EV use. The Olseth Family Foundation has helped support and spearhead the initiative over the past three years. More information about the Recharge MN program can be found at www.recharge-minnesota.org.


To receive recognition, Recharge MN participants create an EV Action Plan that outlines steps they are taking to help Minnesotans gain greater access to clean transportation. Participants then commit to share lessons learned and help mentor others.


For more coverage of the inaugural participant recognition event, including videos of the recognition recipients and event participants, please visit: https://www.recharge-minnesota.org/inaugural-recognition-event-2020/.

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