Remember, the fees for special interest plates are charged in addition to your regular registration fees. But, before the Drive Electric Alabama plates can become reality, at least 250 people must commit to purchasing through an online portal. You can do so by clicking here. Note, proceeds from the Drive Electric Alabama plate will be used by the Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition to further education and awareness of #drivingelectric in Alabama!
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It’s not a myth. It’s not a fad. Electric vehicles are taking off in Alabama, adding jobs and charging stations across the state.
MORE JOBS FOR ALABAMA
Alabama is known as an auto manufacturing powerhouse, and believe it or not, electric vehicles are building on that legacy by creating thousands more jobs across the state. Alabama-based EV jobs are growing across many functionalities, including manufacturing, supply chain, battery production, charging infrastructure and installation, and industry research and development.
Governor Kay Ivey has awarded 18 grants to help Alabamians switch to EVs.
Mercedes-Benz is creating more than 600 new jobs in their $1 billion expansion.
DURA Automotive Systems is investing $59 million to open a manufacturing facility for EV battery trays.
Hyundai is investing $7.4 billion to produce EVs worldwide, including in Montgomery.
In the News
Electric vehicles are making headlines across Alabama. Explore recent articles to learn more about the many benefits of driving electric.
More electric vehicle chargers coming to Alabama communities
Alabama NewsCenter Staff, November 2022
New electric vehicle (EV) charging stations are coming to communities across Alabama, thanks to more than $2.45 million in grants awarded by Gov. Kay Ivey. The 18 grants will be used to install charging stations along highways in several areas of the state. “As many of Alabama’s automobile manufacturers gear production toward electric vehicles, Alabama must be ready to provide the charging infrastructure needed for those who choose to drive these vehicles,” Ivey said in a news release. “It is important for Alabama to have electric vehicle charging stations in many locations, so that we can meet the needs of Alabama motorists who choose to drive an electric vehicle, as well as out-of-state drivers who are visiting or passing through our state.”
Helena addressing electric vehicle charging infrastructure through state grant
Erin Wise, November 2022
The City of Helena recently received a grant from the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs for electric vehicle charging infrastructure. A charging station that can facilitate two cars at one time will be built at the Helena Sports Complex.
Gov. Ivey awards more than $2.45 million to install electric vehicle charging stations
ADECA, November 2022
MONTGOMERY — New electric-vehicle charging stations may be coming to a community near you, thanks to more than $2.45 million in grants awarded by Gov. Kay Ivey. The 18 grants awarded by the governor will be used for new charging stations along highways in several areas of the state. “As many of Alabama’s automobile manufacturers gear production toward electric vehicles, Alabama must be ready to provide the charging infrastructure needed for those who choose to drive these vehicles,” Gov. Ivey said. “It is important for Alabama to have electric vehicle charging stations in many locations so that we can meet the needs of Alabama motorists who choose to drive an electric vehicle as well as out-of-state drivers who are visiting or passing through our state.”
Hyundai supplier to open EV battery module plant in Alabama
Alabama Daily News, October 2022
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A Korean automotive parts company plans to open a $205 million factory that will supply 200,000 battery modules annually for electric vehicles produced in Alabama and Georgia, officials said Thursday. The 450,000-square-foot (41,800-square-meter) factory planned by Hyundai Mobis will be located near Alabama’s capital at the site where Hyundai has been assembling vehicles for more than a decade. Production of battery assemblies is expected to start in 2024, the company said.
What does Honda’s $4.4 billion EV expansion in Ohio mean for Alabama?
Michael Tomberlin, October 2022
Honda Motor Co. and LG Energy Solution announced Oct. 11 a joint-venture plan to invest up to $4.4 billion to build electric-vehicle batteries in Fayette County, Ohio, creating 2,200 jobs. The plant will produce pouch-type lithium batteries with 40 gigawatt-hours of annual production capacity. Construction is set to begin in early 2023 with production starting by the end of 2025.
Electric vehicles are coming. Is Alabama ready?
Dennis Pillion, September 2022
For the better part of the last decade, Alabama has been turning itself into a place where electric cars are made.
Now the state just needs to become a place where more electric vehicles are driven.
The number of electric cars in Alabama is expected to balloon in the coming years, meaning new challenges, including installing charging stations, maintaining the power grid, and convincing consumers that their transportation needs can be met without gasoline.