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Local Mayors Plan for Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

April 6, 2011

On February 22, 2011, Memphis and Shelby County officially became the fourth and final major metropolitan area in Tennessee to join the EV Project, “the largest deployment of electric vehicles and charge infrastructure in history.”  The EV Project is being managed by ECOTality North America, a subsidiary of ECOtality, Inc., which was awarded a $99.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy for the project. 

Memphis joins 17 other cities in six states (Oregon, Washington, California, Arizona, Tennessee and Texas) and the District of Columbia. In addition to the public charging infrastructure being developed and deployed throughout the community, free residential chargers will be provided to drivers of the Nissan LEAF zero-emissions electric car and the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid with extended range.

Today, members of the planning departments of Memphis, Germantown, Bartlett, and Collierville will formally brief their respective Mayors on recommended locations for 69 Level II charging stations throughout these municipalities. The recommended charging sites were placed after careful analysis of where existing electric vehicle owners currently reside, where the greatest demand for future electric vehicle purchase exists, and major traffic corridors, recreational destinations, and employment centers throughout the community.

“We are so pleased to move to the next step in this exciting project, which will greatly advance our sustainability and economic development agendas,” said Memphis Mayor A C Wharton. “The Memphis area is so integral to the commerce and transportation needs of the entire country. We have an environmental, economic, and moral imperative to be a civic leader in advancing the deployment of electric vehicles throughout our community.”

For a list of proposed site locations, please visit www.MemphisTN.gov/evproject.

These locations are provided as tentative recommendations only, and public comment and input is welcome.  Feedback, comments, and suggestions about these and other possible sites should be emailed to kerry.hayes@memphistn.gov or via Twitter to @MayorACWharton, using the hashtag “#memphisev.”

The EV Project will collect and analyze data to characterize vehicle use in diverse topographic and climatic conditions, evaluate the effectiveness of charge infrastructure, and conduct trials of various revenue systems for commercial and public charge infrastructure.

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