Buy an electric vehicle now, before there is a big charging network, or wait for a bigger charging network? Some of that debate will be taken off the table as utilities add charging capacities in their service territories.
One effort is the just announced Electric Highway Coalition, made up of American Electric Power, Dominion Energy, Duke Energy, Entergy Corporation, Southern Co., and the Tennessee Valley Authority. The companies’ idea is to “enable EV drivers seamless travel across major regions of the country through a network of DC fast chargers for EVs.” (Source)
Each company will provide the electric vehicle chargers within their territories.
TVA will also create a network on interstates and major highways in Tennessee. The project would result in about 50 new charging locations, tripling the existing fast charging network. (Source)
FPL in Florida is also enhancing the EV charging network. Fast charging stations are located around Florida and drivers can plug in every 50 miles along Florida’s turnpike. (Map, left)
The electric vehicle chargers will be needed, too. Auto manufacturers are gearing up. “Before the pandemic struck, the auto industry had plans to spend at least $141 billion over the next few years to retool supply chains in a historic shift from internal combustion to battery-driven machines. The financial reasoning was clear: Roughly one-third of U.S. drivers say they may go electric the next time they buy a vehicle,” said Automotive News. (right)
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