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Ivey awards $11.2 million to expand EV charging availability on Alabama’s interstates

Electric vehicles on Alabama’s interstates are about to receive a big boost thanks to $11.2 million in grant funding recently awarded by Governor Kay Ivey.

The money has been divided into fourteen individual grants. Thirteen will be going towards installing electric vehicle charging stations at fueling locations found across Alabama’s interstate system. The remaining grant will be given to Bevill State Community College in Jasper, to help train students on installation and the up keep of 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,” Governor Kay Ivey said. “This latest round of projects will provide added assurance that Alabamians and travelers to our state whose choose electric vehicles can travel those highways and know a charging station is within a reliable distance on their routes.”

ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell also emphasized the importance of the new funding.

“Alabama continues to make progress in installing charging systems for electric vehicles along major roadways,” Boswell said. “ADECA is pleased to support Gov. Ivey’s efforts to ensure that drivers who choose electric vehicles have access to dependable charging infrastructure as they travel the state.”

Grants awarded and project locations are:
 
Falkville 
  • $768,782 to Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores to install two dual-port chargers at its location at 64 East Pike Road, off Interstate 65.
 Gadsden 
  • $331,807 to Silver Comet Energy Inc. to install four chargers at the RaceTrac Store, 1715 W. Grand Ave., near Interstate 59.
 Hamilton 
  • $656,166 to Love’s Travel Stop & Country Stores to install two dual-port chargers at its location at Marion County Highway 35, adjacent to Interstate 22.
Jasper
  • $2.4 million to Bevill State Community College in Jasper to expand its current HVAC Training Center to include workforce training resulting in certification for the installation, testing, operation and maintenance of electric vehicle charging infrastructure.
  •  $788,921 to Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores to install two dual-port chargers its location at 83 Carl Cannon Blvd., near Interstate 22.
Heflin 
  • $656,166 to Love’s Travel Stop & Country Stores to install two dual-port chargers at its location at 6647 Alabama Highway 46, adjacent to Interstate 20.
Tuscaloosa-Cottondale
  • $581,200 to BP Products North America Inc. to install three electric charging stations at Travel Centers of America Tuscaloosa, 3501 Buttermilk Road, near Interstate 20/59.
Eutaw
  • $783,299 to Love’s Travel Stops and Country Stores to install two dual-port chargers at its 7561 Mesopotamia Street location, adjacent to Interstate 20/59.
Clanton
  • $660,909 to Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores to install two dual-port chargers at its store location at 300 Arby Drive, near Interstate 65.
Montgomery
  • $581,200 to BP Products North America Inc. to install three chargers at Travel Centers of America Montgomery, 980 West South Blvd., adjacent to Interstate 65.
Fort Deposit 
  • $759,024 to Priester Retail Stores Inc. to install two dual-port chargers at it store, 80 Bishop Bottom Road, adjacent to Interstate 65.
Evergreen
  • $867,238 to Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores to install two dual-port chargers at its location, 16101 U.S. Highway 84, near Interstate 65.
Atmore 
  • $725,864 to Poarch Band of Creek Indians to install two duo-port chargers at Creek Travel Plaza, 4740 Jack Springs Road, near Interstate 65.
Irvington 
  • $639,564 to Love’s Travel Stop & Country Stores to install two dual-port charges at its location at 8400 County Farm Road, near Interstate 10.

Austen Shipley is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on X @ShipleyAusten

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