TVA and Partner Utilities Announce the Electric Vehicle Coalition
March 2, 2021 – American Electric Power, Dominion Energy, Duke Energy, Entergy Corp., Southern Co., and the Tennessee Valley Authority – announced a collaborative plan to enable electric vehicle drivers seamless travel across major regions of the country through a network of DC Fast Chargers for electric vehicles.
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American Lung Association, Children's Hospital Alliance of Tennessee, Tennessee Academy of Family Physicians, Tennessee Asthma Coalition, and Tennessee Public Health Association
“[We] are pleased to see the Tennessee Valley Authority and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s investment and goal to develop a statewide system of public electric vehicle charging stations throughout Tennessee. Transitioning to zero-emissions vehicles will result in reduced air pollution emissions, which will benefit public health and demonstrate critical leadership for other states.”
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.”
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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”