New electric vehicle (EV) charging stations are coming to communities across Alabama thanks to more than $2.45 million in grants from Gov. Kay Ivey.
The 18 grants will be used to install charging stations along freeways in several areas of the state.
“As many of the automakers in Alabama shift production towards electric vehicles, Alabama must be ready to provide the charging infrastructure needed for those who choose to drive these vehicles,” Ivey said in a press release.
“It is important for Alabama to have EV charging stations in many locations so that we can meet the needs of Alabama motorists who choose to go electric, as well as out-of-state drivers who visit or drive through our state.”
Funding for all but one of the projects came from funds from the Alabama legislature, with a focus on busy off-interstate highways. The exception is along Interstate 22 in northwest Alabama, where grant funds will provide a six-slot charger in Guin – the first electric vehicle charging station on that highway in Alabama.
Private companies, utilities, and government agencies were eligible to receive the grants. Funds were provided to the state from the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Formula Program. In the future, additional dollars will be awarded to further develop EV charging infrastructure along Alabama’s interstates. The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) administers the grants.
“These grants are part of a plan to ensure EV charging stations are placed across the state — not just on highways with upcoming federal funding, but also on or near back roads in busy areas of the state,” ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell said. “ADECA is pleased to be working with Governor Ivey and the many partners in this program.”
The chargers will be installed in the following municipalities:
Allen Oil Co. of Sylacauga was awarded $200,008 to install a two-port charging station at Allen’s Food Mart, 4880 US Highway 280.
Decatur’s Municipal Utilities Board was awarded $53,800 to install a two-bay station at a downtown location at 110 Moulton St. in Decatur.
Heer Properties received $201,259 to install a two-bay electric charging station at Legacy Foodmart, 6001 Boll Weevil Circle.
The City of Fairhope was awarded $148,626 to install a dual charging station at the Plantation Pointe Shopping Center, 84 Plantation Pointe.
The City of Geneva was awarded $33,840 to install a four-point charging station on a lot at 614 S. Commerce St.
Francis Energy was awarded $407,990 to install a six-port charging station at the Holiday Inn, 5750 Alabama Highway 44.
The Electric Board of Guntersville received $53,906 for a two-port charging station in a public parking lot at 440 Old Town St.
Hartselle Utilities was awarded $54,963 to install a two-space station in a public parking lot at 200 Sparkman St.
Home Oil Co. was awarded $200,587 to install a dual charging station at Hobo Pantry, 16566 US Highway 431.
The City of Helena received $33,740 to install a dual charging station at the Helena Sports Complex, 100 Sports Complex Drive.
The City of LaFayette was awarded $119,000 to install a two-port charging station on US Highway 431.
The Montgomery Airport Authority was awarded $250,000 to install a three-point charging station at Montgomery Regional Airport, 4445 US Highway 80.
Junior Food Stores of West Florida received $216,335 to install a two-point charging station at the Cumberland Farms convenience store, 23679 Canal Road.
The City of Phenix City received $15,448 to install a four-point charging station at the Phenix City Parks and Recreation Department, 1501 Fifth St. S. The city also received $14,121 to install a four-point charging station at the 14th Street parking garage at 310 14th st
The Baldwin County Economic Development Alliance was awarded $198,267 to install a dual charging station at the Baldwin County Commission Annex II, 22070 Alabama Highway 59.
The Scottsboro Electric Power Board received $57,968 for a two-port charging station at its office at 404 E. Willow St.
Allen Oil Co. of Sylacauga received $198,190 to install a two-port charging station at Allen’s Food Mart, 42020 US Highway 280.
ADECA and several partners, including Alabama Power, worked together to develop the state’s EV Infrastructure Plan, which guides leaders in efforts to expand charging stations and other improvements to serve Alabama’s growing number of EV drivers and those that drive across the state. Check out the plan here.
To learn more about EV benefits and EV-related events in Alabama, visit driveelectricalabama.com.