The network of fast battery recharging devices growing across the Tennessee Valley added two more fast chargers in Scottsboro, Alabama, this week as the Tennessee Valley Authority moves toward supporting at least 80 rapid chargers to power the growing number of electric vehicles.
Scottsboro Electric Power installed two chargers at its main office at 404 E. Willow St. through a partnership with TVA, the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs and Seven States Power Corp. The installation is part of the regional Fast Charge Network that will cover major travel corridors across TVA's seven-state service area and will complement the broader efforts of the National Electric Highway Coalition, which seeks to enable long-distance EV travel by placing fast chargers along interstates and major highways throughout the United States.
"We moved quickly to participate in the Fast Charge Network because we want to make it easy for people to choose EVs so our community can enjoy the environmental and economic benefits of electric transportation," Phillip Chaney, general manager for Scottsboro's utility, said in an announcement of the new fast chargers. "The funding from TVA and ADECA makes it possible to add fast chargers in our community by providing 100% of the project cost."
Fast charging network stations so far:
— Cullman Electric Cooperative in Cullman.
— Fort Payne Improvement Authority in Fort Payne.
— Scottsboro Electric Power in Scottsboro.
— Tuscumbia Utilities in Tuscumbia.
— Blue Ridge Mountain Electric Membership Corp. in Blairsville.
— Glasgow EPB in Glasgow.
— Warren Rural Electric Cooperative in Beaver Dam.
— Oxford Utilities in Oxford.
— Pontotoc Electric Power Association in Pontotoc.
— Appalachian Electric Cooperative in Bean Station.
— Bristol Tennessee Essential Services in Bristol.
— Brownsville Energy Authority in Brownsville.
— CDE Lightband in Clarksville.
— Lawrenceburg Utility System in Leoma.
— Meriwether Lewis Electric Cooperative in Hohenwald.
— Nashville Electric Service in Madison.
— Paris Power Board in Paris.
— Southwest Tennessee Electric Membership Corp. in Henderson.
— Weakly County Municipal Electric System in Martin.
Source: Tennessee Valley Authority
To date, 19 Fast Charge Network sites have been completed with 44 individual charging stations, according to TVA spokesperson Scott Fiedler. Another 51 sites are under development by other TVA distributors, including EPB in Chattanooga, which is still developing its plans to add more fast chargers.
Fort Payne, Alabama, debuted the first of those 80 rapid chargers at one of its downtown parks in January to help electric vehicle motorists traveling along Interstate 59.
— Compiled by Dave Flessner