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Electric Vehicle Summit Brings Hundreds to Birmingham, Alabama

National Drive Electric Week kicks off on September 23rd, but Alabama’s electric vehicle (EV) experts, thought leaders and policy makers are encouraged to attend Drive Electric Alabama in Birmingham on September 21-22. Get a head start at the EV Summit. A gathering of people from the automotive sector, utilities and various companies gearing up for the expected surge in EV drivers in the next few years.

Alabama Power is one of the participants in the summit hosted by the Alabama Automotive Manufacturers Association. The event, held at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex, will include a briefing on the expansion of EV infrastructure in the state, a primer on EV technology, the latest on EV manufacturing in Alabama, and the growing number of EVs on the roads to power Alabama’s power grid. Contains the latest information on how to interact with the net. To date, over 300 people have registered to attend the summit.

Cedric Daniels, Manager of Electric Transportation at Alabama Power, said one of the goals of the summit was “to discuss smart investments for the coming wave of EVs, such as how to apply for government grants to install EV charging.” He said it was about equipping attendees with “working knowledge.” business infrastructure. The company’s experts provide individuals and businesses with grid readiness, charging facilities, and plug-in electric vehicles with discounted electricity rates at certain times of the day. said to share information about

A recent Drive Electric Alabama event in Mobile. (contributed)

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Recent Drive Electric Alabama event on mobile. (contribution)

“EV sales continue to grow in Alabama, and we have worked with the public and private sectors for many years to support the industry and share knowledge with EV owners and customers,” said Daniels. “The summit is another opportunity for him to exchange useful information.”

Alabama policy makers and agency experts will attend the summit to provide updates on state and federal incentives and initiatives that will enable Alabama to better serve EV users and support the growing market. Offers.

There are more than 60 EV models on sale in the United States, and that number is expected to more than double by 2024, according to Drive Electric Alabama, a statewide coalition that supports EV adoption. Over 2.2 million plug-in vehicles sold nationwide as of December 2021

Just last week, Autocar delivered the first electric vehicle manufactured in Alabama to the Old Dominion Freight Line for use at the Old Dominion facility in Rialto, California. Autocar has developed its electric terminal tractor technology through testing at the Port of Mobile with multiple partners, including Alabama Power.

Last month, Mercedes-Benz began production of its all-electric luxury SUV, the EQS, at its Tuscaloosa County plant. Production of the EQE SUV, another all-electric model, is due to start later this year. In March, the company opened his billion-dollar state-of-the-art EV battery factory and logistics center in neighboring Bibb County.

In April, Hyundai announced plans to begin manufacturing a hybrid version of the Santa Fe Sport Utility at its Montgomery plant, along with the first electrified Genesis GV70 SUV. Hyundai officials said it plans to invest $300 million and create 200 more jobs at its only U.S. manufacturing center in Alabama.

Many automakers in Alabama are plugging in to EVs. (contribution)

Also in April, Westwater Resources and its subsidiary, Alabama Graphite Products LLC, began construction on a $202 million graphite processing plant in Coosa County. Graphite is an essential material in EV batteries.

Honda and South Korean battery maker LG Energy Solutions will spend $4.4 billion to build a new battery factory in the US as Japanese automakers seek to phase out fossil fuel vehicles by 2040. announced. No plants have been identified. Honda Manufacturing of Alabama, the world’s largest light truck factory, produces Passport and Pilot SUVs, Odyssey minivans and Ridgeline pickup trucks. Lincoln’s factory also produces his conventional V-6 gas engine that powers Honda vehicles.

Mazda and Toyota, which have large presences in Alabama, are phasing their EV and battery plans, but it’s unclear how the state will get involved in their strategy. Mazda Toyota Manufacturing (MTM) began mass production of the all-new Mazda CX-50 Sport Utility Vehicle at its Huntsville joint-venture assembly plant earlier this year. The CX-50 joins an all-new model, the Toyota Corolla Cross, on the production line at his $2.3 billion MTM facility.

In addition to this week’s EV Summit, other events are planned across Alabama as part of National Drive Electric Week, including free EV shows in Auburn, Huntsville and Birmingham. Auburn’s event will take place on his September 19th at the Jay and Suzie Gogue Performing Arts Center, 910 South College Street. The He event in Huntsville will be held on September 25 at He Stovehouse parking lot at 3414 Governor’s Drive. The Birmingham event takes place on October 1st at the Market, Pepper Place, 2930 Third Ave. S. Find out more about the expo here. Find out more about the Drive Electric Alabama Summit here.