FLT01 Fuel and Charging Stations

Project Details:

Project Start Date: 2021

Submitting Department: Public Works

Contact Person: Al Thunberg

Level of Need: High

Estimated Project Completion Date: 2025

Department Priority: High

Contact Phone Number: 612-673-5443

Project Location:

Address: 1200 Currie Av N, Minneapolis, MN 55403

Project Description:

Upgrade fuel dispensing systems and fluid dispensing system at Currie Maintenance Facility ($260,000 over 2 years) and install electric vehicle charging stations at various City owned facilities ($712,000 over 5 years).

Purpose and Justification:

The fuel dispensing systems are approaching 25 years of age and have reached the end of their life cycle. Maintenance costs are high and parts are becoming obsolete. A failure could result in a negative environmental impact. The fluid dispensing system at Currie is 20 years old, at the end of its life cycle, and parts are obsolete. Fuel distribution is a critical function and upgrading dispensing systems ensures we can continue providing this service.

Access to electric vehicle charging is a critical component to the conversion of the city fleet from internal combustion engines to electric vehicles. Funding is needed to deploy chargers at city facilities in coordination with the conversion to electric vehicles. We will continue to pursue outside funding (e.g. MPCA funding or Xcel partnerships) to leverage city funding.

Project Cost Breakdown

Department Funding Request


Have Grants for this Project been secured?

Volkswagen settlement funds have helped pay for 4 charging stations at the Hiawatha facility'

Describe status and timing details of secured or applied for grants or other non-City funding sources:

Received $20,000 grant from MPCA for charging stations at the Royalston facility being installed in 2020.

Describe any collaborative arrangements with outside project partners, including who they are and what their role is with the project:

We will be entering into a partnership with Xcel to increase the number of electrical vehicle charging station in City facilities. Xcel will provide wiring and electrical infrastructure in Federal parking ramp, the Aldrich facility and the Water Treatment facility for up to 70 charging ports. The City will be responsible for purchasing charging stations.

Operating Impacts

Operations & Capital Asset Maintenance:

Is this request for new or existing infrastructure?

Fuel dispensing systems replace existing aging dispensing systems; the charging stations are new infrastructure.

What is the expected useful life of the project/Improvement?

20 years

Year that Operating Incr/(Decr) will take effect?


What is the estimated annual operating cost increase or (decrease) for this project?

An increase in electricity use will be more than offset by reduced fossil fuel costs.

Describe how operating cost increases or decreases were determined and include details such as personnel costs, materials, contracts, energy savings, etc:

As noted in the electric vehicle study from 2016.

If new infrastructure, discuss how the department/agency will pay for the increased annual operating costs:

Operating costs are expected to go down.

Project Coordination

If this is a new project, describe the major project phases and timing anticipated for completing the project:

The fuel dispensers, containment sumps, and plumbing from the tanks to the dispensers at the Currie fuel site and the Bryant Ave fuel site will be replaced with modern equipment that meets current regulations for new fuel sites.

The fluid dispensing system at Currie for oil, hydraulic fluid, anti-freeze, transmission fluid and grease will be replaced with a modern system that will integrate with our fleet management software and provide accurate tracking and billing of the fluid inventory.

Electric charging stations will be installed at the Federal ramp, the Aldrich facility and Water Fridley to coincide with the anticipated partnership with Xcel Energy. Charging stations will also be installed at various City facilities as the electric vehicle fleet expands.

Scalability/Funding Allocation Flexibility – discuss any flexibility to increase or decrease funding among the years in the five-year plan and the most that could be spent in a given year:

There is some flexibility to scale in accordance with the procurement of electric vehicles.

Minneapolis Goals and Strategic Direction

Minneapolis is a growing and vibrant world-class city with a flourishing economy and a pristine environment, where all people are safe, healthy and have equitable opportunities for success and happiness.Below is a description of how this project meets each of the City's Goals. Below is a description of how this project meets each of the City's Goals.

Below is a description of how this project meets each of the City's Goals.

Replacing fuel dispensing systems are essential to the maintenance of the City's fleet. The build out of electric charging stations are required to support the expansion of the City's green fleet. The City's fleet is used by City staff to keep our City safe, clean and livable.

Environmental Justice:

The City prioritizes sustainable practices and renewable resources to equitably address climate change while restoring and protecting our soil, water and air.

The City has declared a Climate Emergency and moving towards electric vehicles will help us reduce our carbon foot print and reduce our use of non-renewable energy.

Public Works is focusing electric vehicle conversion and associated charging infrastructure at facilities in Racially Concentrated Areas of Poverty. The Hiawatha facility recently received four charging stations funded with city money and VW settlement funds.

Public Services

The City prioritizes reliable and equitable access to high-quality public services.

Fleet Services supports most City Departments by providing vehicles, maintenance, and fuel.

Additional Information

Add any additional information you feel is important for the CLIC committee, Mayor, City Council members or the general public to know about this potential project and why it should be approved:

Fleet Service will be able to continue to provide the necessary support for Police, Fire, Public Works, Regulatory Services, CPED, Health and other City departments that provide essential services to the City every day.

The funding for additional charging stations will result in operating efficiencies through lower fuel and maintenance costs.