Thinking about going electric? The City of Oakdale has prepared this page as a resource for residents, businesses and property owners regarding electric vehicles (EVs).
Greenhouse gases (GHGs), like the carbon dioxide released when vehicles burn gasoline, trap heat in and impact the atmosphere. Because the transportation sector in particular is a significant producer of GHG emissions in Minnesota, widespread use of EVs by individuals and businesses is one strategy that may help reduce the impact of GHG emissions. Recognizing recent growth in electric vehicle offerings and in the regional charging station network, City of Oakdale staff completed a study in 2021 to prioritize EV-ready actions that will help enable the use of EVs now and in the future.
The City of Oakdale facilitates EV readiness by incorporating language about electric vehicles into the City Code Book, documenting charging infrastructure best practices, and sharing resources so residents and business owners can learn more about EVs.
In 2022, Oakdale City Council adopted Ordinance 883, which incorporates requirements about electric vehicle charging infrastructure into the City’s Code Book. The impacted areas of the Code Book are currently listed on the City's website here.
Charging Infrastructure Guidelines
Residents and businesses looking for additional direction about adding charging station infrastructure to their property may refer to the Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Guidelines, a document compiled by City staff. The intent of the document is to support private and public infrastructure that accommodates use of EVs. It also reflects best practices from a variety of regional and national sources. The guidelines are encouraged but not required and are subject to change as technological advances evolve charging infrastructure for EVs.
EV Resources for Residents
If you are an Oakdale resident who is considering purchasing an electric vehicle, Drive Electric Minnesota encourages you to think about your driving patterns, consider where you will charge your vehicle, and compare available EVs. The PlugStar Shopping Assistant by Plug In America can help you start to narrow down your electric vehicle and charging needs.
Below are additional resources for residents:
Charging station map: The U.S. Department of Energy provides an interactive map of EV charging stations that are available for public use throughout the United States and Canada.
At-home charging: Xcel Energy offers an EV Charging 101 guide to answer common questions about charging an electric vehicle. Xcel also provides a Home Charging Advisor to help estimate charging needs, as well as several EV charging programs and a list of partner electricians experienced in installing Level 2 chargers for EVs.
Vehicle buyer’s guides:
- Buying guide by Drive Electric Minnesota
- Used EV Guide by Plug In America
- US EV Info List by Shift2Electric
- EV comparison guide by Xcel Energy
Credits and incentives: The 2022 Inflation Reduction Act changed the rules regarding federal tax credits for the purchase of an EV. Clean Energy Resource Teams offers a guide to the Inflation Reduction Act to help buyers understand its clean energy initiatives.
General information: The Minnesota Department of Transportation is working to meet increased statewide demand for electric vehicles and charging infrastructure, as outlined in the 2022 Minnesota Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Plan.
Questions about batteries? Check out the following articles:
- ‘The top five things to know about electric vehicle batteries’ by Drive Electric Minnesota
- ‘What’s up with electric vehicles and batteries?’ by Fresh Energy
- ‘Electric vehicle batteries: Addressing questions about critical materials and recycling’ by the Union of Concerned Scientists
EV Resources for Businesses
In addition to those available for residents, businesses looking to add charging infrastructure or to electrify their fleet may reference the following resources:
- Drive Electric Minnesota provides a guide to purchasing and leasing an electric vehicle for fleets, as well as a guide to purchasing an EV charging station.
- Xcel Energy offers end-to-end EV planning and charging services, including fleet electrification, public fast charging, and EV charging infrastructure design for multifamily buildings.
- Shift2Electric is an EV market and business consulting and training company in Minnesota that provides information about workplace and multiunit dwelling charging.