I-65 now connected to Fast Charge Network at Cullman
September 7, 2022 — Cullman Electric Cooperative brings the Fast Charge Network to I-65 to serve EV drivers and increase tourism and economic development to Cullman, Alabama.
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Video Press Assets—Fast Charge Network Event
Video news release including interviews with Jeff Lyash, TDEC Commissioner David Salyers and other speakers/attendees, event charging station b-roll, and “ready-to-air” footage.
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12 Tennessee entities get funding for EV charging units
July 28, 2022 NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The State of Tennessee is putting $5.2 million towards establishing new charging units for electric vehicles. According to a news release, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation is granting the funding to 12 entities around that state that will then place current fast charging infrastructure at important interstate/highway locations.
WRECC partners with TVA on EV charging stations
May 2, 2022 Going green may mean a new way of earning some green for Bowling Green-based Warren Rural Electric Cooperative Corp. Member-owned WRECC has joined with the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Fast Charge Network that is establishing electric-vehicle charging stations across TVA’s seven-state service area.
Fort Payne electric car charging station opens
January 25, 2022 FORT PAYNE, Ala. (WHNT) – The first of many electric vehicle charging stations opened in Fort Payne on Tuesday.
Washington County Schools debuts Tennessee’s first all-electric school bus
WJHL.com – Ashley Sharp, June 4, 2021
JONESBOROUGH, Tenn. (WJHL) The Washington County Tennessee school system unveiled a brand new addition Thursday, June 3 that is already making history on the roadways.
The bus is completely electric, silent and can travel around 120 miles on a single charge.
Washington County students will be the first in Tennessee to ride an all-electric school bus.
County Mayor Joe Grandy says this is a big day.
“We were the first county in Tennessee, the first town in Tennessee, now we have the first electric bus in the state. I think it’s really important to be innovative, and this shows East Tennessee in a great light,” said Grandy.
Charged Up: Utilities eye new role as EV charging station boosters
Electrical Contractor Magazine – Chuck Ross, May 14, 2021
U.S. electricity use is expected to increase by 2.1% this year, over last year’s pandemic-related 3.8% drop in demand, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. This rise, however, will mostly reflect a return to the past decade’s modest rates of growth in electricity demand. Electric vehicles (EVs) represent a rare opportunity for utilities to boost electricity sales, but the chicken-versus-egg conundrum of how to build a still-nascent vehicle market without robust public charging options hinders more rapid EV uptake.
Utilities Partner for “Electric Highway”
Memphis Flyer – Toby Sells, March 19, 2021
A new, multi-year plan will electrify roads from Chicago to Orlando, and from Richmond to West Texas.
Six major utilities formed the Electric Highway Coalition earlier this month for a network of charging stations along roads in 16 states in the South and parts of the Midwest. The coalition includes American Electric Power, Dominion Energy, Duke Energy, Entergy Corp., Southern Co., and the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA).
The hunt is on for Chattanooga’s electric vehicle charging stations
Hamilton County Herald – March 19, 2021
EPB, CARTA and the Tennessee Valley Authority have launched the #ChargingChattanooga campaign, which turns Gig City’s CARTA electric vehicle charging network into a scavenger hunt to win prizes.
Participants can join the hunt by finding one or more of #ChargingChattanooga’s 14 charging locations and snapping a photo.
To enter the sweepstakes, share your photos on Instagram and tag @TVA using the hashtags #ChargingChattanooga and #sweepstakes.
“We want to engage the community in learning more about electric vehicles and charging stations so more people can become familiar with how easy it is to drive an EV,” says Ray Knotts, TVA senior manager of Energy Services & Programs. “Your photo will help increase EV awareness and adoption in Chattanooga.”
EPB, TVA And CARTA Launch Scavenger Hunt To Demonstrate The Local Availability Of Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
The Chattanoogan – March 8, 2021
EPB, CARTA and the Tennessee Valley Authority have announced the #ChargingChattanooga campaign that turns part of the Gig City’s CARTA electric vehicle charging network into a scavenger hunt you can play to win prizes.
Join the EV scavenger hunt by finding one or more of #ChargingChattanooga’s 14 charging locations and snap a photo. To enter the sweepstakes, share your photos on Instagram and tag @TVA using the hashtags #ChargingChattanooga and #sweepstakes.
Facing an EV boom, AEP, Duke, 4 other utilities unveil plan for multi-regional charging network
Utility Dive – Robert Walton, March 3, 2021
A half dozen utilities on Tuesday announced a plan to provide electric vehicle (EV) drivers with a “seamless network” of direct current fast charging (DCFC) stations connecting major highways in the South, Midwest, Gulf and Central Plains regions.
The Electric Highway Coalition includes Duke Energy, American Electric Power (AEP), Dominion Energy, Entergy Corporation, Southern Company and the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA).
Six electric utilities plan new EV fast-charging corridor
Daily Energy Insider – Tom Ewing, March 3, 2021
Six major electric utilities announced plans to build a network of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations connecting major highways in the South, Midwest, Gulf and Central Plains regions.
The utilities have formed the Electric Highway Coalition. Participants include Duke Energy, American Electric Power, Dominion Energy, Entergy Corporation, Southern Company and the Tennessee Valley Authority. The DC fast-charging network will allow an EV driver to go from Cleveland, Ohio, to Harlingen, Texas, 1,625 miles away on the Gulf of Mexico. Service will be uninterrupted across the utilities’ regional boundaries.
Utilities adding electric charging stations to propel electric vehicle growth in the South
Chattanooga Times Free Press – Dave Flessner, March 2, 2021
Six Southern utilities are planning to develop a network of DC fast chargers to quickly recharge electric vehicles (EV) traveling along major highways from the Atlantic Coast to the Gulf and Central Plains regions.
Tennessee Valley Authority has partnered to develop a statewide electric vehicle fast charging network
News Video – WKRN: Good Morning Nashville on News 2, February 4, 2021
TVA, Tennessee to bring electric vehicle recharging stations every 50 miles on state highways
Times Free Press – David Flessner, February 3, 2021
To help jump start growing electric car market, America’s biggest public utility is teaming up with Tennessee state and local governments and private businesses in a new initiative to build a network of fast charging stations every 50 miles along Tennessee’s interstates and major highways.
TVA plans electric vehicle charging network across Tennessee
AP News – Travis Loller, February 3, 2021
The nation’s largest public utility is working with Tennessee to develop a statewide system of public electric vehicle charging stations that officials say will make the state a leader in electric transportation.
Get ready for an electric vehicle fast-charging network coming all across Tennessee
Knoxville News Sentinel – Brittany Crocker, February 3, 2021
Keeping electric vehicles fueled up for long road trips is about to get easier in Tennessee, thanks to the Tennessee Valley Authority and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.
TVA Paves Way for More Electric Vehicles
Memphis Flyer – Toby Sells, December 30, 2020
Tennessee Valley Authority made a move to increase the number of electric vehicles on the road of the Tennessee Valley. In November 2020 TVA approved a new commercial rate structure for EV charging stations.
TVA sets goal for 200,000 electric vehicles in the Tennessee Valley by 2028
Times Free Press – Dave Flessner, December 18, 2020
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.
Getting charged up: TVA adopts rate schedule to aid recharging electric vehicles, shift to battery-powered cars
Times Free Press – Dave Flessner, November 13, 2020
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.
TVA, EPB and CARTA to give prizes for photos of local electric vehicle charging stations and other business news
General Motors and EVgo aim to accelerate widespread EV adoption by adding fast chargers nationwide
Getting charged up: TVA adopts rate schedule to aid recharging electric vehicles, shift to battery-powered cars
GM investing $2 billion in Spring Hill plant to build electric vehicles, including Cadillac Lyriq
GM to invest more than $2 billion in U.S. manufacturing to increase electric vehicle production
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.”