SYLACAUGA, Ala. – Two Allen Oil locations in Sylacauga and Alexander City will soon add two-bay car charging stations as part of a $2.45 million total in grant money awarded by Gov. Kay Ivey earlier this month.
Both Allen Oil locations run along the Hwy 280 corridor. Allen Oil, as well as the other 16 locations, were selected because they target busy highways away from the interstates.
With the funding, 18 new charging stations will be established across the state.
“As many of Alabama’s automobile manufacturers gear production toward electric vehicles, Alabama must be ready to provide the charging infrastructure needed for those who choose to drive these vehicles,” Gov. Ivey said. “It is important for Alabama to have electric vehicle charging stations in many locations so that we can meet the needs of Alabama motorists who choose to drive an electric vehicle as well as out-of-state drivers who are visiting or passing through our state.”
All but one of the projects will be funded by appropriations from the Alabama Legislature.
“These grants are part of a plan to ensure that electric vehicle charging stations are located throughout the state – not just on interstates with upcoming federal funds, but also on or near secondary roads in heavily traveled areas of the state,” Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) director Kenneth Boswell said. “ADECA is pleased to join with Gov. Ivey and the many partners in this program.”
ADECA is in charge of administering the grant money. Private companies, utilities, and government organizations were eligible to receive the funding.
Funds made available from the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure program will be awarded in the future to further develop EV charging infrastructure along Alabama’s interstates and busy roadways.