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Ready for Electric Vehicles? Via Sol is!

Thank you for your interest in PLACE’s Via Sol community in St. Louis Park. This week, we’re talking about the evolution beyond the old fashioned internal combustion engine (ICE) and toward the modern electric vehicle (EV)! As some continue debating the future of transportation infrastructure, Via Sol and PLACE are embracing a vision that is healthier for our residents, neighbors, and the environment.

Wouldn’t it be great to have cleaner air in our communities? Reduced greenhouse gas emissions contributing to natural disasters brought on by climate change? A healthier, safer future for our children and grandchildren?

Reducing the carbon footprint of our mobility options is one big piece to realizing that dream.

Happy learning and happy living!


The PLACE Team:

Chris Velasco Elizabeth Bowling Alice Hiniker Todd Bagby

Coming Soon to Minnesota, More Electric Vehicles!

Did you know that Minnesota’s 2030 goal is for 20% of all light duty vehicles on the road to be electric, with 60% of all new sales to be EV? According to MNDOT, some forecasts even show EVs becoming less expensive than their comparable ICE vehicles over the next few years as the cost of batteries continues to fall. That combined with the inherently cheaper operating and maintenance of EVs (fewer moving parts and no oil changes) will further encourage their adoption in Minnesota and the United States.

It is no wonder the State of Minnesota is supporting EVs. As people drive EVs through our neighborhoods, unlike ICE vehicles, they do not pollute the air of our communities. That means reduced rates of asthma and other health problems for our children, no smog effect when the traffic and heat are high, and no exposure to carcinogenic toxins from vehicle emissions as we walk along the street or sit in traffic.

Even EVs that are not entirely powered by renewable energy still contribute significantly fewer greenhouse gases than a gasoline powered vehicle. For every 12,000 miles traveled by a typical midsize car, an ICE using gasoline contributes 11,000 lbs of CO2 to our atmosphere and an EV using typical grid power contributes only 4,000 lbs of CO2. This becomes zero CO2 emissions when the EV is charged with renewable energy. That is good for us and our environment!

Interested in learning more about EVs? Check out Drive Electric Minnesota.

Via Sol is Ready for Electric Vehicles

The number one place people charge their EVs is at home, so faster, level 2 chargers at home or nearby is key to supporting the adoption of EVs.

At Via Sol we will have 13 level 2 EV charging stations with the ability to expand throughout our parking garage and solar PV covered parking lot as more people buy new and used EVs.

Those who move into Via Sol with their EVs will have their vehicle’s greenhouse gas emissions reduced to zero by the extensive renewable energy systems spanning across the site, including over 1,500 solar panels and a small helical wind turbine. All together, over 600 kW of renewable power will be generated on site! For any electricity use beyond what we generate, Via Sol will participate in Xcel’s renewable energy program to ensure all electricity we use from the grid is offset by renewable sources.

In addition to the EV infrastructure, Via Sol is further reducing resident carbon footprint and neighborhood toxic emissions by supporting community-based mobility. This includes Via Sol’s EV shared cars provided by HOURCAR and Xcel as well as PLACE's shuttle transporting residents to key destinations. Residents and visitors will be further served by the future Wooddale Station LRT, Cedar Lake Trail (great for bike commuting and walking), and multiple bus lines. Via Sol’s mobility concierge will help you navigate it all, decreasing use of ICE vehicles.

Dream of a future where your trips for work, errands, and fun are more enjoyable and healthier for your community? Check out Via Sol!

Via Sol

PLACE’s Via Sol community, a sustainable, transit-oriented community in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, producing its own food and energy, filled with art and imagination, offers healthy apartments and live/work space to households across the income spectrum.

Via Sol is currently under construction and expected to open in summer of 2022. Applications are now being accepted. For more information:


Call 612.444.2VIA (612.444.2842)

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