Wind-Powered Electric Vehicle Program Continues In Minnesota

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Great River Energy (GRE), a Minnesota-based electric cooperative, has announced that its program designed to allow cooperative members to fuel electric vehicles (EVs) with 100% wind energy will continue through the end of 2018.

As GRE explains, the Revolt program allows EV owners to further support the use of renewable energy. When a member claims the upgrade, GRE dedicates wind energy to completely cover the electricity used to fuel an EV for the car’s lifetime.

“Revolt takes the carbon calculations out of the picture for someone considering the environmental impact of driving an EV because it is fueled with 100 percent wind energy,” says David Ranallo, Revolt program manager. “The environmental impact of all-electric vehicles will improve over time as emissions continue to decline on the electric grid.”

According to GRE, the program was implemented to build awareness around EVs in Minnesota, and sales of EVs have risen consistently in recent years as charging infrastructure has grown significantly. Two categories of EVs are eligible for enrollment in Revolt: plug-in electric vehicles (PEV) and plug-in hybrids (PHEV). PEVs are all electric, all of the time – no internal combustion engine or gas tank involved. PHEVs are the multi-taskers, running on both gas and electricity.

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