Electric vehicles use an electric motor to drive the gearbox and wheels in a car, instead of using a gasoline motor. The electric motor is a tightly wrapped coil of wire that spins inside a magnetic casing. When electricity runs through the coil, it generates power to move the axle to drive the car’s wheels and power other vehicle functions. The cars have large batteries instead of gas tanks to store power, so they need to be plugged in to a power source to be charged. Some electric vehicles are charged at home, but more cities now have public and private parking for electric vehicles to provide owners a place to charge their vehicle. The Saint Paul RiverCentre Parking Ramp features 8 electric car charging stations on the plaza level of the ramp. These charging stations offer simple, safe and convenient access to electricity, partially sourced by the onsite solar PV installation. So these vehicle owners are avoiding fossil fuels from gasoline engines and can use even less fossil fuels by plugging in to a solar charging station.
Where can I find electric vehicles?
In the Eco-District, you will find eight car charging stations at the Saint Paul RiverCentre Parking Ramp. Additional Saint Paul charging stations can be found at https://www.stpaul.gov/news/ev-charging-stations.