ADECA, Alabama Power to Help Spur EV Growth
March 2021
Alabama Power is supporting the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs’ (ADECA’s) plans to establish direct-current fast charger (DCFC) stations on some of Alabama’s major highway corridors. 

As part of the initiative to expand electric vehicle (EV) fast charging infrastructure in the state, ADECA has issued a request for proposals to build DCFC stations along specific highway corridors. 

Alabama Power will support ADECA by matching up to 20 percent of the cost to install DCFC stations. This advanced technology can charge many EV batteries in 20-30 minutes. 

After ADECA selects the companies that will build the charging stations, Alabama Power will work with the companies on the installation, providing guidance on construction, charging station hardware, and software. 

“We have been EV enthusiasts for more than two decades, and today’s pledge is our next step to ensure our state has the infrastructure needed to support the growth of EVs,” said Jeff Peoples, Alabama Power’s Executive Vice President of Customer and Employee Services. “As automakers roll out more options with longer-range batteries, autonomous capabilities and smart features, we recognize zero-emission EVs will play an important role in our future economy.” 

The EV commitment also supports Alabama’s large automotive manufacturers including Mercedes-Benz, which selected its Tuscaloosa County plant as the first location in the country to build the model EQE and EQS plug-in electric SUVs. 

“Alabama must be on the cutting-edge of this vehicle revolution,” said Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey. “With our state’s rich automotive history, we have the right tools in place to facilitate this shift. I commend Alabama Power for their ongoing leadership in electric vehicle education and adoption and look forward to the benefits these chargers will provide our citizens and visitors.” 

Transportation electrification plays a key role in the clean energy transition, and EEI’s member companies are focused on expanding EV charging infrastructure and investing in technology to drive this transition. To learn more about transportation electrification, visit EEI’s website.​