In the past few years, you’ve probably noticed the growing number of electric vehicles (EVs) on Alabama roads. With more EVs comes more need to charge them up—and Alabama’s making it happen.
On Thursday, August 3, the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs announced that $1.2 million is going toward providing charging stations for electric vehicles at five locations in Alabama. Here’s where the money’s going.
The 5 cities getting powered up
The new charging stations will be located across the state at locations such as Montgomery Whitewater and a Burger King.
- How much? $118,974 for two charging stations
- Where? James Oates Park, 798 Campbellton Hwy, Dothan, AL 36301
- How much? $180,965 for two charging stations
- Where? City of Gadsden parking lot, 515 Broad St, Gadsden, AL 35901
- How much? $461,700 for eight charging stations
- Where? Montgomery Whitewater, 1100 Maxwell Blvd, Montgomery, AL 36104
- How much? $263,51 for a two-bay charging area
- Where? Burger King, 1135 E. U.S. 280 Bypass
- How much? $180,424 for a two-bay charging station
- Where? Allen’s Food Mart, 1308 Main St S, Wedowee, AL 36278
The electric vehicle industry is growing in Alabama
This is far from the first time that Alabama has seen big new developments in the EV industry. Here are a handful of advancements that have been made in the last five years:
- In 2018, Birmingham already had 14 places to charge up your EV.
- In 2020, Mercedes Benz US International (MBUSI) expanded in Vance, Alabama with hundreds of new jobs and electric cars.
- In 2021, Governor Kay Ivey teamed up with the Alabama Department of Environment and Community Affairs (ADECA) to announce “Drive Electric Alabama”, an initiative to spread the word about the benefits of electric vehicles
- In 2022, Fort Payne got 2 new EV fast-charging stations.
- Also in 2022, Mercedes-Benz opened a battery factory for Alabama-built electric vehicles, creating 600 local jobs.
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