With only 250 pure electric vehicles sold in the state (figured provided by Minnesota Auto Dealers Association) of Minnesota in 2012, it stands to reason that the state's 100 or so public charging stations are "seldom used," as a report from local 5 Eyewitness News claims, but that isn't deterring the state from moving forward with plans for more chargers in the future.

None of These Are in Use

None of These Are in Use

It seems Minnesota is forward-thinking in this regard and will install dozens more chargers regardless of how often the existing ones are used.  Furthermore, state officials don't even care if electric vehicle sales stay low there, as that won't put a halt to charger install plans in the near future.

Minnesota, it seems, sees the big picture in this classic example of "If you build it, he will come" mentality and we applaud the state for its actions.

Critics, however, do not.  Some say it's a waste of tax money since electric vehicle owners aren't even using the state's existing stations, but most of the stations there have been paid for with federal monies, not state-level grants.

Regardless of what the critics say, we believe Minnesota is making the right decision here in future-proofing itself for the rise of the electric automobile.

Source: KSTP