The Minnesota Department of Transportation will host six virtual public engagement sessions May 17-26 to learn how electric vehicles fit into the transportation needs of Minnesota communities.

During these sessions, participants will hear about MnDOT’s plans for electric vehicles and have an opportunity to share ideas about how more Minnesotans can benefit from the technology. All sessions will consider the risks, challenges and opportunities for electric vehicles to create a more equitable transportation system in the region.

“The Minnesota Electric Vehicle Strategic Plan will help the state identify clear action steps to advance electric vehicles,” stated Tim Sexton, MnDOT assistant commissioner and chief sustainability officer, in a news release. “As we move forward, it’s important for us to understand the needs of all Minnesotans, particularly underrepresented communities including low-income, Black, Indigenous and people of color.”

The sessions, which will include an opportunity for questions and answers, will be on the following dates:

General Sessions:

  • Tuesday, May 18, 5-6:30 p.m.

  • Thursday, May 20, 6:30-8 p.m.

  • Saturday, May 22, 9:30-11 a.m.

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Topic-Specific Sessions: These sessions will dive deeper into specific categories as noted below. Attending a general session is not required to attend a topic-specific session.

  • Monday, May 17, 2-3:30 p.m., to explore electric delivery trucks, semis and buses.

  • Tuesday, May 25, 10-11:30 a.m., to explore the topic of charging.

  • Wednesday, May 26, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., to discuss passenger cars and trucks.

Visit www.mndot.gov/sustainability/electric-vehicles.html to register for the sessions and to find more information about electric vehicles in Minnesota.