Minnesota Electric Vehicle Incentives

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A variety of incentives are available to Minnesota residents for purchasing or leasing a qualifying electric vehicle (EV) or for installing a qualifying Level 1 or Level 2 charger (EVSE).
In the US, 90% of the energy consumed from transportation comes from petroleum and the transportation sector is the nation’s leading source of greenhouse gas emissions.
In an effort to encourage more drivers to choose electric vehicles, many states offer incentives—often in the form of rebates. This helps make electric vehicles accessible to more people, reducing dependence on petroleum over time.
Offers vary depending on the state, so the car insurance comparison and broker app Jerry has compiled a guide to Minnesota electric vehicle incentives.

How much can I save with the Minnesota electric vehicle incentive?

In Minnesota, the electric vehicle incentive will save you various amounts for purchasing or leasing a qualifying EV and up to $500 for installing a qualifying charger.
Here’s how it breaks down:
  • EV Toll Credit Pilot Program: You can get a $125 credit for purchasing or leasing a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) or a $250 credit for purchasing or leasing a battery electric vehicle (BEV). The credit goes to your MnPass account for use in toll lanes.
  • Xcel Energy: Customers can earn a $2,000 rebate for a 2021 or 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander plug-in hybrid electric vehicle and register for a TOU, or "time-of-use," charging program. This program allows residents who have installed qualifying EV chargers to enjoy lower rates by charging their vehicle during times when electricity is in less demand.
  • Dakota Electric: Customers can receive a $500 rebate for installing a qualifying Level 1 or Level 2 EV charger and enjoy a TOU rating through the ChargeWise program.
  • Connexus Energy: Customers who purchase and install a Level 2 EV charger and apply before December can get rebates of $500. Connexus also offers a TOU rating.
  • Lake Region Electric Cooperative: Customers who purchase and install a Level 1 or Level 2 charger can receive a rebate of up to $500 plus a TOU rate through ChargeWise.
  • Runestone Electric: Customers can receive a $500 rebate for installing a Level 2 charger and a TOU rating.
  • Otter Tail Power Company: Customers can enroll in a TOU program and receive a $400 rebate for installing a Level 2 charger.
Residents can only receive a rebate from the utility of which they are customers. Anyone can receive the Toll Credit—even if they have applied for one of the other rebates.

How to get Minnesota electric vehicle incentive

To claim an incentive you must:
  • Be a Minnesota resident; and
  • Be a customer of the utility to which you are applying.
To claim the state Toll Credit, simply purchase or lease a qualifying PHEV or BEV. This program is available from November 1, 2019 to October 31, 2022.
The process to take advantage of other rebates varies by provider:
  • For Dakota Electric, you must install a charger to get the rebate and own your EV to get a TOU rating
  • For Otter Tail, you must install a Level 2 charger
  • For Lake Region, you must have a separate sub-metered circuit for your charger to get a TOU rating
  • For Xcel Energy, you must get a specific make of electric vehicle (Mitsubishi Outlander, others listed on website)
  • For Runestone, you must be a customer and install a Level 2 charger
Once you have obtained the EV or charger, simply apply for any of these rebates online on the state or utility website. Be prepared to provide the required supporting documentation, too.

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