Alabama Hosts Electric Vehicle Summit

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A summit was held in Birmingham on electric vehicle technology in Birmingham. Governor of Alabama Kay Ivey headlined the EV Summit, and other elected officials attended the event. Representatives from major automotive manufacturers and suppliers and from Alabama were also present.

“Over the past three decades or so, Alabama has gone from no benchmark in the automotive sector to an industry giant,” Governor Ivey said. “Today, we are one of the top five US producers and exporters of cars and light trucks. Like our college football, we’re proud of the standard of excellence we’ve set with our automotive industry, but it’s no secret that this is an industry that’s changing day by day. Over the past few years, we’ve seen an entirely new market emerge for many automakers, and it’s clear that electric vehicles are on the rise and will continue to grow in popularity with drivers. »

The inauguration Drive Electric Alabama EV Summit was held at the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex (BJCC) and featured discussions on electric vehicle initiatives in Alabama and provided information on charging infrastructure and other electric vehicle topics.

“We are here to promote our automotive industry, and if electric vehicles are the direction the industry is going, then we want to do everything we can to ensure that the jobs and economic investments of this emerging industry come into play. Alabama, instead. to our neighboring states,” said the director of the Alabama Department of Economic Affairs (ADECA) Kenneth Boswell.

ADECA is the lead agency for the Drive Electric Alabama initiative. This is a statewide coalition that promotes the adoption of electric vehicles.

Ron Davis is the president of the Alabama Automotive Manufacturers Association.

“Virtually every major automaker in the world has announced plans to electrify their fleets,” Davis said. “Automakers clearly see electric vehicles as the future of the industry; that’s why they invest billions of dollars in research and development. As the fourth-largest auto-exporting state, Alabama’s automotive manufacturing sector has a large impact on Alabama’s economy and employs tens of thousands of Alabamians with well-paying jobs. It is important for Alabama to remain competitive so that the next generation of automobiles are built here rather than in neighboring states.

“Our foundation is solid, but we must continue to lay the foundation for tomorrow, and it starts here, now,” Governor Ivey said.

Summit activities included panel discussions, vendor booths and seminars focusing on state and federal grants available in Alabama to install electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

Generations of Alabamians have driven internal combustion engine automobiles since the Ford Model T, Chevrolet C-Series and Overland Model 38. Industry experts expect that to change.

“Electric vehicles also make financial sense for consumers, especially now that gas prices are skyrocketing at the pump. Owning an electric vehicle also means significant savings on maintenance costs, the average driver of a electric vehicle saving between $6,000 and $10,000 over the life of the vehicle,” Davis said. “As electric vehicle technology advances, the performance margin between electric cars and gasoline-powered vehicles increases, while like other parameters such as the selection of electric vehicles, range and availability of charging stations.”

EV initiatives in the state of Alabama, charging technology, and the effect of EV charging on the power grid were topics that came up during the discussions.

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