Ivey approves $11.2 million for EV charging availability

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By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Jolencia Jones

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has awarded 14 grants totaling $11.2 million to support installing electric vehicle charging stations in Alabama and to train students at Bevill State Community College in Jasper to install and maintain the chargers.

Funds for the projects came from the Federal Highway Administration to strategically place electric vehicle charging stations within reasonable distances. Most electric cars can travel from 200 to 400 miles on a full charge. The National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Program has allocated grants to Alabama for electric vehicle chargers, which are administered by the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs.

Grants were awarded through competitive bidding. Projects must be within a mile from an interstate, and businesses should be open year-round on a 24/7 schedule. The grants cover 80% of the project with a 20% company match. 

Grants awarded around West Alabama include:  

  • Jasper 
    • Bevill State Community College received $2.4 million to expand its current HVAC Training Center to include workforce training, resulting in certification for the installation, testing, operation, and maintenance of electric vehicle charging infrastructure.
    • Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores received $788,921 to install two dual-port chargers at its location near Interstate 22.
  • Tuscaloosa-Cottondale
    • BP Products North America Inc. received $581,200 to install three electric charging stations at Travel Centers of America Tuscaloosa near Interstate 20/59. 
  • Eutaw
    • Love’s Travel Stops and Country Stores received $783,299 to install two dual-port chargers at its location near Interstate 20/59. 

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