​​PlugInConnect

Meet plug-in vehicle owners, learn more 
​and help educate general public!

MNPEVOC provides a forum to meet with other PEV owners, share your experiences, ask questions and just enjoy the company. People have many reasons to shift to driving electric and it is good to learn from different viewpoints. Meetings are also a great place to see all the new cars.

​MN Plug-In Vehicle Owners' Circle (MNPEVOC) provides a forum for Minnesota electric vehicle and plug-in hybrid owners to connect, share their experiences and learn more about PEV related topics. We will meet every second month in various locations. We are focusing the meeting topics and discussions towards factory manufactured PEVs and related infrastructure. These meetings are free and open to anyone who owns or is interested in purchasing or leasing a PEV.

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New technologies, new vehicles and new ways to power your drive. There are so many new things happening in this industry all the time and many of them affect way we choose, charge and use our vehicles. We will have presentations and new discussion topics at each meeting. 

As PEV owners, we can make a difference by simply sharing our experiences with general public and key stake-holders. Please see the sidebar for upcoming events, take a look at your calendar and let us know if you can help with any of these upcoming educational opportunities.

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Next MNPEVOC meeting 

Thursday May 21, 6:00-9:00 PM

Zero Emissions Charging
Do you charge your PEV with zero emission electricity through programs such as Xcel Energy’s Windsource Program? Have you thought about doing so? Interested in figuring out how PEV fuel can be truly emission free? At the upcoming MNPEVOC meeting, we will talk with utility representatives and staff from the Great Plains Institute to learn about the Zero Emission Charging Challenge, and provide input on how this program can reach more plug-in drivers.

6:00-6:30 Social hour. See the vehicles outside and chat with owners.
6:30-7:00 Short introductions:
7:00-8:30 Zero Emissions Charging.
8:30-9:00 Q&A and updates from everyone.

Place: American Lung Association, 490 Concordia Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55103.Map

If you have any questions please contact the circle coordinator.
Past Events:

​Thursday, May 28, 3:30-7:00 PM Energy Innovation Forum Great Plains Institute & Institute on the Environment, University of MinnesotaSaint Paul, MN Jukka Kukkonen will be speaking about PEVs at this event. We unfortunately didn’t find a way to display vehicles at this event, but you might find it interesting to attend anyways.

Thursday May 21, 6:00-9:00 PM Minnesota Plug-In Vehicle Owners’ Circle meeting Topic:Zero Emissions Charging program Place:American Lung Association, 490 Concordia Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55103

Saturday May 16th, 10AM-3PM MRES Solar Boat Regatta We have been invited to show some vehicles at this great event. Place:Riley Lake Park in Eden Prairie www.mnrenewables.org/solar-boat-regatta

Friday May 1st 6PM - Electric Cruising Night First Friday of the month starting 6PM around the Lake Calhoun area.  Enjoy silent cruising around the lake and neighborhoods. Suggested route: 36th st to Lake Calhoun, Richfield rd and W Calhoun pkwy around the lake, Lake Street to Lyndale and Lyndale to 36th st. Notable places: Galactic Pizza and 36LYN Refuel station. Place: Lake Calhoun and Uptown

Wednesday, April 22, 4-6pm Hennepin County Earth Day Celebration We have been invited to show vehicles at this event.
Place: Target Field Station, Minneapolis

Thursday April 16, 5:30-8:00 Transportation event at Linden Hills Coop
We have been invited to show vehicles at this event. Jukka will also do a short presentation.  
Place: Linden Hills Coop, 3815 Sunnyside Ave. • Minneapolis 55410

Sunday, April 12, 2 PM - Monday, April 13, 2PM
24 Hour Charging Challenge MNPEVOC members can make history by participating in an effort to fast charge 100 PEVs within 24 hours to set a Guinness World Book record! Tesla Adapter available. Place: BP station at the intersection of 36th & Lyndale in South Minneapolis
More info: 24hrEVchallenge.com

Saturday, April 4, 10am to 5pm Conscious Living Expo
Linden Hills Coop We have been invited to show vehicles at this event.
Place: Linden Hills Coop, 3815 Sunnyside Ave. Minneapolis 55410

Thursday March 19, 6:00-9:00 PM Minnesota Plug-In Vehicle Owners’ Circle meeting
Topic: EV rate structures and home charging options
Place: MISO's North Operations Center, 2985 Ames Crossing Rd, Eagan, MN 55121.

​March 7th-15th
Twin Cities Auto Show
This year we will have a booth in Room 101. We will display a Nissan Leaf and an ABB DC Fast Charging station.

Tuesday, March 10,
CERTs 2015 Conference http://www.cleanenergyresourceteams.org/events/certs2015/agenda

March 8, 11:00-noon
​PEV Panel presentation at the Twin Cities Auto Show http://twincitiesautoshow.com/show-info/show-features/drive-electric-minnesota

Thursday 1/15, 2014, 6-9 PM​​Minnesota Plug-in Vehicle Owners’ Circle meeting
Topic: DC Fast Charging
​Place: Connexus Energy headquarters, 14601 Ramsey Boulevard, Ramsey, MN 55303

Sunday October 26, 11:15AM
"Why Your Next Car Should Be an EV"owners panel. http://northcomochurch.org/youth/pumpkins.html
Place: New Life Presbyterian Church. 965 Larpenteur Ave, Roseville, MN.

Saturday October 11, 1-4PM
Electric Car Day at the Works MuseumPlace: The Works Museum, Bloomington, MN
www.theworks.org

Thursday September 25, 2014, 5:30-9:00 PM
Minnesota Plug-In Vehicle Owners’ Circle meeting
Topic: 2014 events recap and plans for 2015
Place: GE Vehicle Innovation Center, 3 Capital Drive, Eden Prairie, MN 55344

September 21, 1-4PM
Twin Cities National  Drive Electric Day 2014
Place: State Capitol Mall 75 Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr BoulevardSt Paul, MN, United States
www.driveelectricweek.org/event.php?eventid=152

September 14, 9AM-1PM 
PEV car show
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church Burnsville. 13901 Fairview Drive, Burnsville, MN 55337

September 1  10-11AM and 2-3PM 
MN State Fair Eco Experience Stage Plug In Vehicles in Minnesota
MN PEV owners’ panel presentations.

August 21-September 1
MN State Fair Eco Experience MN PEV Owners Circle members provide Tesla Model S for display and man the area by plug-in vehicles at the Eco Experience building. 

Thursday July 10, 2014, 6:00-8:00 PM
Minnesota Plug-In Vehicle Owners’ Circle meeting Topic: Bakken Museum and PEVs
​Place: Bakken Museum, 3537 Zenith Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55416
www.thebakken.org  

Tuesday June 24, 6-9:30PM 
Opening of the Absolutely Horseless exhibit and Tesla Tuesday event.
Place: Bakken Museum, 3537 Zenith Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55416
www.thebakken.org/Current-Affair-Tesla-Tuesday
 We have been invited to show 7 vehicles at this event. 

Sunday June 22nd noon - 5:00 p.m MN Goes Green
www.mngoesgreen.com
 Place: The Saint Paul Union Depot, 214 4th St East, Saint Paul, MN
We have been invited to show 4-5 vehicles at this event.

Saturday June 14 10am - 6pm
Green Line Opening Celebration
Place: The Saint Paul Union Depot, 214 4th St East in downtown Saint Paul
We can show 2 cars by the charging stations on Wacouta Street.

Thursday June 12, 6:00-9:00 PM
Minnesota Renewable Energy Society meeting
Topic: PVs and EVs in Minnesota panel discussions 
Place: Mayflower Church, 106 East Diamond Lake Road, Minneapolis, MN 55419
We have been invited to bring some cars to show at the MRES meeting and do a panel discussion about PEV and share also some stories of how people are powering their driving with renewable energy.
www.mnrenewables.org/node/1528

Saturday June 7, 8:30-11:00 AM
American Lung Association Fight for Air Walk 
Place:Black Bear Crossings on the Lake, Como Lakeside Pavilion. 1360 North Lexington Parkway
We are going to have a "fun stop" at the solar powered EVSEs in the parking lot for walkers to stop, get water, see cool EVs and learn more about them.

Thursday May 15, 5:30-9:00 PM
Minnesota Plug-In Vehicle Owners’ Circle meeting
Topic: New PEV model test drives and discussions 
Place: GE Vehicle Innovation Center, 3 Capital Drive, Eden Prairie, MN 55344

Wednesday May 7th noon to 2PM 
Minneapolis new charging stations grand opening ceremony
Place: Parking Ramp B, downtown Minneapolis
ttp://api.plugshare.com/view/location/35964 

Monday April 28th, 6-8:30PM
Powering Our Energy Future
We have been invited to show some vehicles at this event.
Place: South View Middle School Auditorium, Edina, MN
http://edinamn.gov//index.php?section=events&evtid=11531 

Sunday April, 27, noon – 4PM
Dakota County Earth Day Fun Fest
We have been invited to show some vehicles at this event.
Place: Lebanon Hills Visitor Center, Lebanon Hills Regional Park, Eagan

Saturday April 19, 9AM – 1PM
Earth Friendly Fair 
We have been invited to show some vehicles at this event.
Anoka Ramsey Community College, Cambridge Campus

Saturday April 12, 3:40 – 4:30PM
The Geek Car, State of EVs in Minnesota Panel Discussion.
Best Buy Headquarters, 7601 Penn Ave S, Minneapolis, MN
ttp://minnestar.org/minnebar/ http://sessions.minnestar.org/
MNPEVOC members panel discussion and Q&A session

Thursday March 20, 2014 6:00-9:00 PM
Minnesota Plug-In Vehicle Owners’ Circle meeting
Topic: Renewable energy and PEV charging
Place: American Lung Association, 490 Concordia Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55103. Map

March 8th-16th
40th Annual Twin Cities Auto Show
www.TwinCitiesAutoShow.com
This year we had a booth at the Twin Cities Auto Show to promote PEVs and charging infrastructure. We had a Nissan Leaf and a ChargePoint station on display.  We spoke with over thousand people during the show.

February 25th 11AM-midnight
Dine for Dollars at Galactic Pizza
Galactic Pizza in Uptown Minneapolis has been using EVs to deliver their phenomenal pizzas since their opening day in 2004. We want to support them and they want to support us, so they will donate 25% of all our purchases made on February 25th to support our programs and events. See more details on this flyer and visit their website for the menu and other info www.galacticpizza.com

Thursday January 16th, 2014 6:00-9:00 PM
Minnesota Plug-In Vehicle Owners’ Circle meeting Topic: Proposed PEV legislation and winter driving tips
Place: American Lung Association 

Thursday November 14th 6:00-9:00 PM
Minnesota Plug-In Vehicle Owners’ Circle meeting
Topic: Multi Housing Charging
Place: American Lung Association

Saturday September 28 1:00-4:00PM
National Plug-In Day
Place: Place: State Capitol Mall,75 Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard.,St Paul, MN 55155
Register by visiting www.pluginday.org/event.php?eventid=67

Thursday September 12th 6:00-9:00 PM
Minnesota Plug-In Vehicle Owners’ Circle meeting
Topic: Public charging infrastructure 
Place: GE Innovation Center, Eden Prairie 

Wednesday Sept 11th, 2012 11:00AM - 2:00PM
Best Buy Wheely Big Show Best Buy patio and south parking lot, 7601 Penn Ave S, Minneapolis, MN

August 22-September 2
MN State Fair Eco Experience
MN PEV Owners Circle members provide Tesla Model S for display and man the area by plug-in vehicles at the Eco Experience building. 

August 31st 4-5pm
MN State Fair Eco Experience
Plug In Vehicles in MinnesotaMN PEV owners’ panel presentation.

August 11th 9am-6pm
Minnehaha Avenue Street party
We have been invited to show some vehicles by the Applied Energy Innovations office. 

Thursday July 11th 6:00-8:00 pm
Minnesota Plug-In Vehicle Owners’ Circle meeting
Topic: Zero Emission Charging Challenge for cities and counties
Place: American Lung Association

Sunday June 2nd, 2013 8:30-11:00 am
American Lung Association Fight for Air Walk 
Place:Black Bear Crossings on the Lake, Como Lakeside Pavilion. 1360 North Lexington Parkway

Saturday, May 18, 2013 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
MN Goes Green
www.mngoesgreen.com
Place: The Saint Paul Union Depot, 214 4th St East in downtown Saint Paul

Thursday May 16th, 2013 6:00-9:00 PM
Minnesota Plug-In Vehicle Owners’ Circle meeting
Topic: Residential charging rates in MN 
Place: American Lung Association

Monday, April 22nd, 2013 1-3PM
Plug-in Day at the CapitolPlace: MN Capitol

Thursday March 14th, 2013 6:00-9:00 PM
Topic: Workplace charging
Place: American Lung Association

ThursdayJanuary 10th, 2013 6:00-9:00 PM
Topic: Winter charging and driving
Place: American Lung Association

Tuesday November 20th, 2012 6:00-9:00 PM
Topic: Sharing experiences
Place: American Lung AssociationSunday September 23, 2012 1:00-4:00PM

National Plug-In Day
​Place: Como Park
Upcoming events:​

Thursday June 4, 6-8PM
Clean Energy Enterprises event and a Plug-in Vehicle show
This event explores clean energy opportunities in Minnesota. Speakers include: Andrew Selberg, Bill Mittlefehldt - NE CERT’s Coordinator, Jan Hubbard – Director of Business Development at RREAL, Jukka Kukkonen - Plug In Connect, Ellen Anderson - Executive Director at Energy Transition Lab, University of Minnesota, Bob Olson - President of Olson Energy Corporation.
We have been invited to bring PEV to display at this event.
Place: France Place, 3601 Minnesota Dr, Edina, MN 55435

Friday June 5th 6PM -
Electric Cruising Night
First Friday of the month starting 6PM around the Lake Calhoun area.  Enjoy silent cruising around the lake and neighborhoods. Suggested route: 36th st to Lake Calhoun, Richfield rd and W Calhoun pkwy around the lake, Lake Street to Lyndale and Lyndale to 36th st. Notable places: Galactic Pizza and 36LYN Refuel station.
Place: Lake Calhoun and Uptown

Monday, June 15, 1-2pm
Charging Stations Ribbon Cutting
Please join the National Park Service (NPS) - Mississippi National River and Recreation Area (NRRA), Fort Snelling State Park, Department of Natural Resources (DNR), ChargePoint and Twin Cities Clean Cities Coalition for a ribbon-cutting event celebrating Fort Snelling State Park’s deployment of electric vehicle charging stations. RSVP. 651-268-2147 or shauna.basques@lung.org
Place: Fort Snelling State Park, 101 Snelling Lake Rd, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55121

Friday July 3rd 6PM -
Electric Cruising Night
First Friday of the month starting 6PM around the Lake Calhoun area.  Enjoy silent cruising around the lake and neighborhoods. Suggested route: 36th st to Lake Calhoun, Richfield rd and W Calhoun pkwy around the lake, Lake Street to Lyndale and Lyndale to 36th st. Notable places: Galactic Pizza and 36LYN Refuel station.
Place: Lake Calhoun and Uptown

Thursday July 16, 6:00-8:00 PM
Minnesota Plug-In Vehicle Owners’ Circle meeting
Topic: TBD
Place: TBD

Friday August 7th 6PM -
Electric Cruising Night
First Friday of the month starting 6PM around the Lake Calhoun area.  Enjoy silent cruising around the lake and neighborhoods. Suggested route: 36th st to Lake Calhoun, Richfield rd and W Calhoun pkwy around the lake, Lake Street to Lyndale and Lyndale to 36th st. Notable places: Galactic Pizza and 36LYN Refuel station.
​Place: Lake Calhoun and Uptown

August 27-September 7,
MN State Fair Eco Experience
MN PEV Owners Circle members man the area by plug-in vehicles at the Eco Experience building and take part of the parades. 

TBD,
MN State Fair Eco Experience
Plug In Vehicles in Minnesota
MN PEV owners’ panel presentation.

Friday September 4th 6PM -
Electric Cruising Night
First Friday of the month starting 6PM around the Lake Calhoun area.  Enjoy silent cruising around the lake and neighborhoods. Suggested route: 36th st to Lake Calhoun, Richfield rd and W Calhoun pkwy around the lake, Lake Street to Lyndale and Lyndale to 36th st. Notable places: Galactic Pizza and 36LYN Refuel station.
Place: Lake Calhoun and Uptown

September
Twin Cities National Drive Electric Week 2015
Place: TBD

Thursday September 17, 6:00-9:00 PM
Minnesota Plug-In Vehicle Owners’ Circle meeting
Topic: PV+EV
Place: TBD

Thursday November, 6:00-9:00 PM
Minnesota Plug-In Vehicle Owners’ Circle meeting
Topic: Upcoming PEV models
​Place: TBD

Media stories featuring our members:

Here is a some video footage from our National Drive Electric Week - Twin Cities event 2014 (Video credit: Brian Short)
Our January 2013 meeting was featured in the KSTP News. See the story.

December 31, 2014  Captain Awesome drives electric, of course!
https://evchels.wordpress.com/author/evchels/

10/1/2014 Charge and drive: A Brooklyn Park man’s electric commute
 http://www.twelve.tv/news/newsitem.aspx?newsid=1458&newsitemid=25556

10/25/2014 Tesla Model S Owners Unite To Offer Law-Skirting Test Drives In Iowa ​​http://insideevs.com/tesla-model-s-owners-unite-offer-law-skirting-test-drives-iowa/

09/18/2014 Kick the tires on electric vehicles at the National Drive Electric Week event at the Minnesota State Capitol
http://www.cleanenergyresourceteams.org/blog/kick-tires-electric-vehicles-national-drive-electric-week-event-minnesota-state-capitol

9/1/2014 Apple Valley couple enjoys many benefits of driving electric vehicle ​http://www.dakotaelectric.com/news-events/newsletters/circuits/0914circ1​

18/11/2014 Interview: Electric vehicle owner Sam Villella of Blaine enjoys performance, economy, and independence
http://www.cleanenergyresourceteams.org/blog/interview-electric-vehicle-owner-sam-villella-blaine-enjoys-performance-economy-and

8/11/2014 Interview: EV owner Jim Beecher of St. Louis Park kicked gas a year ago and hasn't looked back.
http://www.cleanenergyresourceteams.org/blog/interview-ev-owner-jim-beecher-st-louis-park-kicked-gas-year-ago-and-hasnt-looked-back

8/11/2014 Interview: Electric vehicle owner Paul Wicklund of Brooklyn Park is saving big on fuel costs
http://www.cleanenergyresourceteams.org/blog/interview-electric-vehicle-owner-paul-wicklund-brooklyn-park-saving-big-fuel-costs

8/11/2014 Interview: Electric vehicle owner Susie Kukkonen of Saint Paul loves driving with less impact​www.cleanenergyresourceteams.org/blog/interview-electric-vehicle-owner-susie-kukkonen-saint-paul-loves-driving-less-impact

8/11/2014 Interview: Abram Isaacs of Minneapolis shares all about leasing an electric vehicle
http://www.cleanenergyresourceteams.org/blog/interview-abram-isaacs-minneapolis-shares-all-about-leasing-electric-vehicle

8/11/2014 Interview: Stuart Rauvola of Stillwater drives electric, powered by solar
http://www.cleanenergyresourceteams.org/blog/interview-stuart-rauvola-stillwater-drives-electric-powered-solar

8/11/2014 Interview: Electric vehicle owner Brad Benn of Edina drives smart, likes the torque
http://www.cleanenergyresourceteams.org/blog/interview-electric-vehicle-owner-brad-benn-edina-drives-smart-likes-torque​

June 24, 2014 Twin Cities electric-car owners are putting the brakes on gas,
http://www.startribune.com/local/264509281.html#g9Ph8hoOvmSc3IXv.97

January 08, 2014 Electric Car Drivers Report Impact from Extreme Cold
​www.plugincars.com/electric-car-drivers-report-cold-weather-impact-129218.html

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2/1/2015 Fast charger puts Connexus Energy on the Electric Vehicles map. 
https://www.connexusenergy.com/files/1014/2289/3638/February_15_Customer_Newsletter.pdf

1/30/2015 Xcel proposes low-cost, off-peak rates for plug-in cars​http://www.startribune.com/business/290353581.html