MONTGOMERY, Ala. — More than a dozen new electric vehicle charging stations are set to be constructed at key locations across Alabama after Gov. Kay Ivey announced $1.2 million in grants to fund the expansion of electric vehicle infrastructure.
The funds come from the 2024 General Budget, where Alabama lawmakers allotted $2 million for its Electric Vehicle Infrastructure and Planning Grant Program; less than Ivey’s recommended $5 million, as well as the House recommended $4 million.
The $1.2 million will construct 14 electric vehicle charging stations at five key locations dotted along the state’s eastern corridor. Stations will be constructed in Gadsden, Wedowee, Phenix City, Montgomery County, and in Dothan.
“As more electric cars and trucks, including many models produced by Alabama car manufacturers, make their way onto Alabama roadways, they will need access to adequate charging facilities,” Ivey said. “Our goal is to ensure that electric vehicle charging stations are located not only along the interstate system, but on other major highway arteries throughout the state.”
The grants will be administered by the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs. Director Kenneth Boswell said they target well-traveled highway systems away from the interstates or busier locations.
“These grants are part of a plan to ensure that electric vehicle charging stations are located along heavily traveled roads to give motorists alternative routes to the interstate system if they wish,” Boswell said. “ADECA is pleased to join with Governor Ivey and the many partners in this program.”
The electric vehicle charging stations will be constructed in the following locations:
- $180,965 to Ira Phillips Inc. to install two charging stations at the city of Gadsden parking lot (next to the Museum of Art/Center for Cultural Arts), 515 Broad St.
- $180,424 awarded to Allen Oil Co. of Sylacauga to install a two-bay charging station at Allen’s Food Mart, 1308 Main Street (U.S. Highway 431.)
- $263,511 awarded to Catcard LLC to install a two-bay charging area at Burger King, 1135 E. U.S. 280 Bypass.
- $461,700 to the Montgomery County Commission to install eight charging stations at Montgomery Whitewater, 1100 Maxwell Boulevard in the city of Montgomery.
- $118,974 awarded to the city of Dothan to install two charging stations at James Oates Park, 798 Campbellton Highway.