Electric Vehicles

Twenty-nine percent of Wisconsin’s greenhouse gas emissions come from transportation. Forty-three percent of Wisconsin’s energy expenditures come from transportation. This represents a huge opportunity to electrify transportation so we can power Wisconsin cars with renewable energy instead of fossil fuels. Electric vehicles allow Wisconsin drivers to drive on renewable energy!

Benefits of Electric Vehicles

Cheaper to operate

Replace gasoline with home grown, clean energy

Safer, quieter, and more fun to drive!

Instead of gasoline, electric vehicles use batteries to provide the energy to propel the vehicle. The battery is charged using electricity from the grid. Even in Wisconsin, with coal and other fossil fuel electricity generation, driving electric produces less pollution than a gasoline car.

Our Work to Advance Electric Vehicles

National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program

National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) funding is for the strategic deployment of “Level 3” fast chargers for electric vehicles. Wisconsin has received $78 million in NEVI funding, which will be channeled toward the building, operation, and maintenance of fast-charging stations across the state.


With momentum building, from hundreds of new models hitting the market soon and the Volkswagen Settlement providing an opportunity for public infrastructure, there’s no reason to get a fright over driving electric.

Federal Programs to Support Electric School Buses

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), also known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), was signed last November 2021. It provides $5 billion to replace existing school buses with clean and zero-emission (ZE) school buses. 

Electric Vehicles in The News

Charging Ahead on EV Infrastructure

On March 12, 2024, the Wisconsin State Senate passed a bill allowing electric vehicle (EV) charging stations to charge by unit of electricity instead of time spent charging.

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Clean Energy Legislative Update • March 2024

As the legislature wraps up for this session, RENEW is celebrating several victories and reflecting on some of the other renewable energy measures being considered by the state legislature. Big Win for Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Senate Bill 791, the Electric...

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Case Studies

Case Study

Palmyra-Eagle Area School District
Palmyra, WI

Wisconsin’s first electric school buses!

We knew it was going to require new thinking, new experiences, and ultimately, we looked at this as a starting spot to transform our system.

– Ryan Krohn, District Administrator

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Case Study

City of Madison
Madison, WI

3 electric Chevy Bolts & 20 more on the way!

With assistance from a grant award from the Wisconsin State Office of Energy Innovation and MG&E, the City of Madison is purchasing 20 electric vehicles in 2019 and 2020. We are also investigating the purchase of an electric van and electric forklift for 2019, which should get us to 27 total EVs by 2020.  This would be the largest EV fleet in Wisconsin- but we are encouraging all other fleets around the state to compete against us!

– Mahanth Joishy, Fleet Superintendent 



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