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St. Paul, MN (KROC-AM News) - Minnesota and four other states in the upper Midwest have announced plans to create a network of charging stations for electric vehicles.

Governor Tim Walz and the governors of Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan have forged a partnership with the goal of having the Midwest lead the nation in the adoption of electric vehicles. A news release says the initial focus will be on interstate and regionally important commercial corridors.

“The Midwest has the ingenuity and the drive to develop innovative solutions to curb climate change,” said Governor Walz. “I am proud to work with my fellow Midwest governors to not only reduce pollution, but protect public health, create jobs, and increase consumer choice across the region.”

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The partnership has been named Regional Electric Vehicle Midwest. Its mission will be to "strategically develop an EV charging infrastructure network that works for industry and people while also developing, operating, and marketing the upper Midwest region. Part of that will be putting the participating states in a competitive position for upcoming federal funding opportunities.

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