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TVA EV Initiative Press Kit

Statements of Support

Sierra Club

“We are pleased TVA is pledging its support for electric transportation,” said Jonathan Levenshus, Director of Federal Campaigns at the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign. “It’s vital for the electric utility sector to invest in EV programs, so TVA’s commitment is an important first step to moving EVs into the fast lane of adoption – especially in a region that’s quickly becoming an important electric vehicle manufacturing hub.”

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Volkswagen of America

“The state of Tennessee’s support has been critical as Volkswagen builds its North American hub for EV production in Chattanooga,” said Matt Renna, Vice President of Electric Mobility, Volkswagen of America. “With production of the all-electric ID.4 SUV scheduled to begin here in 2022, we are committed to working with TVA to make sure Tennessee is at the forefront of the EV revolution.”

Huntsville Utilities

“Electric Vehicles provide utilities with an exciting opportunity to address multiple emerging issues. Vehicle electrification provides an opportunity for Local Power Companies and TVA to keep rates low while reducing emissions in our communities that provide long-term and wide-ranging benefits on health and the environment,” said Wes Kelley, President and CEO, Huntsville Utilities. “We are excited to partner with TVA on this EV journey and continue to make the Tennessee Valley a center for EV innovation.”

General Motors

“General Motors is on its way to an all-electric future. We’re investing $27 billion in EV and AV programs and will bring 30 new vehicles to market by 2025,” said General Motors Lead Architect for EV Charging, Alex Keros. “We want to put everyone in an EV and truly value strong and meaningful partnerships like the one we have with the Tennessee Valley Authority, supporting greater adoption of EVs throughout their seven-state service region and EV initiative.”

Nissan North America

“EV drivers are very enthusiastic about their vehicles and for very good reasons,” said Aditya Jairaj, Director of EV Marketing and Sales Strategy for Nissan North America. “EVs like the Nissan LEAF® provide a great driving experience and consumer savings on fuel and maintenance costs. We are proud to assemble the Nissan LEAF in our Smyrna, TN facility – the highest-volume vehicle assembly plant in North America – and provide thousands of manufacturing jobs to the Tennessee Valley.”

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Electric Vehicles in the News

TVA sets goal for 200,000 electric vehicles in the Tennessee Valley by 2028

America’s biggest public utility is preparing to help electrify transportation in the South as part of an initiative to grow the number of electric vehicles on the road by nearly 15-fold in the next eight years.

The Tennessee Valley Authority predicts at least 200,000 EVs will be operating in its 7-state region by 2028, up from only about 14,000 such EVs today.

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Gestamp To Invest Over $94M in Tennessee Expansion

The project, Gestamp’s third expansion in the past 10 years in Chattanooga, will create 260 new jobs in Hamilton County over the next five years.

As part of this expansion, the company plans to add to both facilities for increased capacity due to new electric vehicle production.

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Tennessee OKs $35 million incentives for GM electric vehicle plant

A Tennessee panel has approved $35 million in economic incentives for General Motor’s plan to convert its Spring Hill assembly plant to build future electric vehicles.

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Illinois, Tennessee Students Win Chattanooga EV Challenge

“EPB is committed to pioneering efforts that position Chattanooga as a leader in adopting sustainable technologies like EVs,” said Lance Irwin

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TVA Board Approves 1st Steps in Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Initiative

The Tennessee Valley Authority Board of Directors approved a new commercial rate structure intended to support the expansion of electric vehicle charging infrastructure across the region during its meeting on Friday

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Getting charged up: TVA adopts rate schedule to aid recharging electric vehicles, shift to battery-powered cars

The Tennessee Valley Authority on Friday adopted a new commercial rate structure intended to support the expansion of electric vehicle recharging services around Tennessee, especially for high-powered charging stations used by travelers.

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Volkswagen begins building battery lab in Chattanooga

Volkswagen of America began construction of its Battery Engineering Lab at its Chattanooga Engineering and Planning Center last night. The 22 million dollar facility will test and validate electric vehicle cells and battery packs for the North American region.

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