DECEMBER 15, 2020 – Futuristic movies depicted flying cars in the 2020’s, and while it still seems like science fiction, we are entering a new era of providing access to innovative vehicles, vehicles powered by electricity.
TVA Leads the Way for 200,000 Electric Vehicles by 2028.
EV Initiative: Vision and Strategy
Electrifying transportation can now spur the same innovative transformation that electrifying the Tennessee Valley did back when TVA was founded. TVA is joining forces with people and organizations from across the Valley with the shared goal to bring over 200,000 electric vehicles (EVs) to our region by 2028.
“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.”
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.”
“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 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.”