Two EV charging stations coming


Governor Kay Ivey recently awarded $1.2 million dollars to provide charging stations for electric vehicles at five locations in Alabama, including the City of Gadsden.
Ira Phillips, Inc.. was awarded $180,965 to install two charging stations at 515 Broad Street.
The grants are awarded to help Alabama be ready as more electric vehicles are purchased and travel the state highways.
“As more electric cars and trucks, including many models produced by Alabama car manufacturers, make their way onto Alabama roadways, they will need access to adequate charging facilities,” Ivey said. “Our goal is to ensure that electric vehicle charging stations are located not only along the interstate system but on other major highway arteries throughout the state.”
Funds for all the projects came from appropriations by the Alabama Legislature under the state Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Program. The grants target well-traveled highway systems away from the interstates or busy locations. Most of the latest awards are in locations along Alabama’s highway system on the state’s eastern corridor.
The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grants.
“These grants are part of a plan to ensure that electric vehicle charging stations are located along heavily traveled roads to give motorists alternative routes to the interstate system if they wish,” said ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell. “ADECA is pleased to join with Governor Ivey and the many partners in this program.”
Dothan, Montgomery County, Phenix City and Wedowee were awarded the other grant monies.

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