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Six Utilities join hands to create an electric vehicle charging network across US states

In an initiative to allow flawless electrified travel across different states, large United States’ utilities have announced a joint course to install a charging stations network. The six utilities include American Electric Power (AEP), Dominion Energy, Duke Energy, Entergy, Southern Company, and the Tennessee Valley Authority.

The new charging points will be distributed across major highway systems in the Atlantic Coast, Midwest of Gulf Coast, the Southern Gulf Coast, and the Central Plains areas. According to a press report, this network will ensure that electric vehicle (EV) users experience uninterrupted experience traveling across these regions.

“In the coming weeks, Entergy Arkansas officials will meet with state agencies to determine where the stations should be located, which are expected to be primarily along interstate 40 and I-30,” said Brandi Hinkle of Entergy Arkansas.

This project will see about 12 charging points added in the selected areas, with each station harboring several ports. According to Hinkle, the suitable sites will be identified by June and the installation completed by the end of 2021. The charger is likely to be a level 3 direct current fast charger capable of charging a car in 30 minutes to cover a range of 120 miles.

It is estimated that by 2030, there will be approximately 18 million battery-powered vehicles on American roads. Electric vehicles have gained popularity due to the low cost of charging and environmental sustainability. However, consumers have been cautious of the transition due to range anxiety. The availability of reliable charging stations is paramount for seamless electric transport.

The inter-state coalition will assure EV users that battery-powered vehicles are a smart choice for driving around town and traveling long distances. “This effort will provide drivers will effective, efficient, and convenient charging options that enable long-distance electric travel,” stated the news report.

“At Entergy, we are taking an integrated approach toward a carbon-free future that includes working with industry peers and customers to electrify other sectors of the economy like transportation and the maritime industry,” noted Entergy’s CEO, Leo Denault. “Initiatives like this proposed regional EV charging corridors will help lower transportation emissions and provide community benefits for all our stakeholders,” added.

Other utilities will to join in this initiative are welcome. According to the Electric Highway Coalition, it welcomes them with open arms to extend the network’s reach. The organization is also looking to work with other stakeholders to bring this project to life.

Entergy agreed with California-based Adopt a Charger, a philanthropic group that promotes fee-free charging points, earlier this year. The two organizations will install about ten charging points in Arkansas.

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