One of the nation’s largest electric vehicle charging networks to date was discussed today as various interested parties convened in Tennessee to put their heads together on a very ambitious plan. Those behind this network, which will serve as a national pilot for connecting three metropolitan areas with an electric vehicle charging network, include the Tennessee Valley Authority and Ecotality.
This network, which will provide nearly 425 miles of connected electric vehicle infrastructure around the state, will consist of approximately 2,500 residential, commercial and DC fast charging stations tied to Ecotality’s EV Project. It is hoped to have this network in place by 2013, serving the electric charging needs for 1,000 Nissan Leaf plug-in electric cars, among other electric vehicles. The three major cities to be tied into this grid include Nashville, Knoxville and Chattanooga.
“Tennessee is the first state to take the electric vehicle beyond its 100-mile radius. With these plans completed, the state of Tennessee will emerge as a leader in EV adoption, and serve as a critical blueprint for how best to connect major population areas with EV infrastructure,” said Jonathan Read, CEO of Ecotality, in a statement. “We are thankful for the input TVA and our partners in each city have provided throughout the planning process. We are taking a smart and strategic approach to the deployment of EV infrastructure so as to best create a connected, highly functional EV charging network.”