Governor awards $11.2 million for EV charging stations

Most of the grants will position the charging stations along the interstates

Gov. Kay Ivey has awarded 14 grants totaling $11.2 million to provide electric vehicle charging stations at fueling stations along the interstates. One of the grants will go to Bevill State Community College to help train students to install and maintain electric chargers.

“Having strategic electric vehicle charging stations across Alabama not only benefits EV drivers, but it also benefits those companies that produce electric vehicles, including many of them right here in Alabama, resulting in more high-paying jobs for Alabamians,” said Ivey.

Funds for the grants came from the Federal Highway Administration. These latest grants are part of about $79 million the state has been allocated from the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Program. The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grants.

These 14 grants were awarded through a bidding process. Among the eligibility requirements are that projects can be located no further than a mile from an interstate and that the businesses must be 24 hours a day, seven days a week, year round. The grants cover 80%, with the companies supplying at least a 20% match.

Grants for the chargers were awarded in Falkville, Gadsden, Hamilton, Jasper, Heflin, Tuscaloosa-Cottondale, Eutaw, Clanton, Montgomery, Fort Deposit, Evergreen, Atmore and Irvington.

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Bevill State received a $2.4 million grant to expand its current HVAC Training Center to include workforce training on installation, testing, operation and maintenance of electric vehicle chargers. The training will result in the students being certified.

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