A comprehensive plan for guiding efforts to increase the number ofstations in has identified Wiregrass and other areas in the state where demand for chargers is expected to be highest by 2030.
TheVehicle Plan, published on Wednesday by the Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA), was designed to determine the best way to deploy future federal and state funds to increase the number of fast- stations along Alabama’s major transportation routes.
According to a report, the plan broadens beyond the scope of ADECA’s earlierstrategy, which was completed in 2020.
“As more automotive manufacturers, including many of those here in, continue to announce significant investments in vehicles, we must continue to take steps to ensure that motorists have a place to recharge their vehicles on the road,” Gov. Kay Ivey said.
“This plan will serve a valuable purpose to guide the state’s efforts to support Alabamians’ choice to adoptvehicles by planning for appropriate both now and into the future.”
The plan stresses that installingstations along federal highways is a top priority. It also stresses that hurricane evacuation routes would be considered potential . Although the Wiregrass isn’t linked to the interstate system, many of its highways are designated as evacuation routes.
To encourage greateradoption in and draw out-of-state owners to come to , an analysis was conducted using PredictEV. This software assists communities in predicting demand to pinpoint areas where the demand for is likely to be greatest by 2030.
Locations where morestations are required are concentrated around Alabama’s biggest cities: , Mobile, Tuscaloosa, Montgomery, Auburn, Birmingham, and Dothan.
The areas where tourists and Alabamians frequently visit and have longer stay times include a range of destinations types, like tourist spots, state parks, hotels, schools, universities, hospitals, shopping centers,areas, stadiums, and other venues.
“is a key need as more and more vehicles Alabama’s interstates, highways, and roads in the near future,” ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell said. “The plan helps target the corridors that will most benefit from the placement of stations and will help focus our efforts with future grants.”
This is the most recent stage in the state’s commitment tovehicles. In 2021, Gov. Ivey awarded 18 grants totaling greater than $4 million to increase the size of . ADECA will provide an additional $2 million in state grants for this year. The newly-adopted federal package will also be used as additional funding to support stations in .