The first round of spending includes $1.7 million to install 66 chargers at 22 sites outside of the Twin Cities metro area.
State officials are expected to award funding this month for several dozen public electric vehicle charging stations.
The governor and legislature can’t agree on who ultimately controls $92 million in clean transportation money.
Two national advocacy groups are critical of how states have allocated money from the Volkswagen settlement.
The utility has been hosting webinars and meetings to promote electric school buses and funding opportunities.