Grants go to electric vehicle chargers in 7 Alabama counties

Money from a legal settlement will be used to fund the addition of electric vehicle charging stations at 18 sites in seven counties in Alabama.

The governor’s office says grants totaling $ 4.1 million will help fund the installation of chargers at gas stations near highways and other major highways.

The money will cover up to 80% of the cost of installing stations at existing sites in Jefferson, Tuscaloosa, Calhoun, Cullman, DeKalb, Greene and St. Clair counties. Many chargers will be located along Interstate 20 from the Georgia line to Tuscaloosa.

The money comes from a settlement involving Volkswagen and the Environmental Protection Agency over the automaker’s violation of the federal Clean Air Act.

In a statement, Governor Kay Ivey said the subsidies will help the state shift towards electric vehicles. Auto factories located in the state have already started the transition to electrically powered vehicles, she said.

“This program will have a series of positive impacts in Alabama, from creating cleaner air to helping sell more vehicles made here in Alabama,” said Kenneth Boswell, director of the Department of Business. Alabama Economic and Community Affairs, which will administer the grants.

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