Plug Into Minnesota

June 6, 2022

Charge Up and Head Out for Adventure

Planning Minnesota road trip adventures while driving electric has never been easier.

A growing network of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations offers drivers access to authentic Minnesotan experiences like kayaking in Lake Superior, exploring various state parks and cruising along the scenic North Shore.

While drivers of traditional cars would need to interrupt their road trip to find a gas station to fill up, EV drivers can combine their pit-stops with an activity or adventure as their battery charges.

“Charging your electric vehicle at local destinations along your route opens up new possibilities and connects you to experiences you may have otherwise missed,” said John Pantzke, Business Development and Energy Service Supervisor.

For families looking to head up north — or those in the north wanting to venture south — Interstate 35 and Highway 61 serve as an electric corridor of Level 2 and fast-charging stations. From the Twin Cities to Grand Marais, you can plan to make stops in Pine City, Sturgeon Lake, Duluth, Two Harbors or Lutsen to charge and enjoy activities ranging from a meal to a shopping trip or hike.

At most of these stops you’ll find a fast-charging station where you can “fuel” up to a full battery within 30 minutes while supporting local restaurants or shops. At other locations, such as Tettegouche State Park and Gooseberry Falls State Park, you can plug into a Level 2 charger — which adds 18-28 miles of range per hour — and enjoy a more extended excursion like hiking, fishing or kayaking.

Other notable destination EV charging locations around Minnesota include:

  • Alexandria: Stations are available near restaurants, grocery stores, coffee shops, breweries and lakes.
  • Albertville: Spend an hour or half a day shopping at the Albertville Premium Outlets while charging up.
  • Duluth: Charging stations across the city can take you from the Glensheen Mansion to Canal Park.
  • Fergus Falls: Stations are located near fun, locally owned restaurants and shops within a two-block radius, as well as the Ottertail River which winds through downtown.

So, this summer if you’ll be driving electric in Minnesota, get ready to plug in and head out for adventure.

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