MARSHALL (KMHL) – Marshall is one of a few communities around the state that will have an electric vehicle charging station built in the community.

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency awarded grant funding to ZEF Energy Inc. of Minneapolis to build 22 stations around the state.

“To support electric vehicle use and make ownership practical for more residents,” Minnesota needs a statewide network of charging stations,” said the MPCA in a press release.

The charging stations will be built in Marshall along with Bemidji, Grand Rapids, Detroit Lakes, St. Cloud, Willmar, Rochester and Mankato. These stations will be built by the spring of 2021.

ZEF Energy is looking for local partners to build stations on every major corridor in the state. The company says the remaining 13 station locations around the state have not been selected yet.

“Driving an electric vehicle instead of a gas-powered vehicle also reduces emissions of nitrogen oxides, fine particles. and volatile organic compounds,” said the MPCA.

ZEF Energy will design, build, own and operate the infrastructure – including long-term maintenance.