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Montevallo shows off new electric vehicle charging station

Montevallo now has a public EV charging station available in the heart of its downtown business district.

Montevallo Mayor Rusty Nix cuts the ribbon for the new electric vehicle charging station located downtown, across the street from City Hall, on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2023.
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The City of Montevallo now has a public electric vehicle (EV) charging station available in the heart of its downtown business district.

Mayor Rusty Nix cut the ribbon at the charging station located at 550 Main St. – directly across from City Hall – during a ceremony on Thursday. 

“This is such a wonderful day for our city,” Nix said. “As we see more and more EVs on the road, it’s inevitable that more of them will make their way into our beautiful city. Whether those visitors are here for a University of Montevallo athletic event or to visit Orr Park or are just passing through, it’s important to have public charging available for EV owners. It’s another way for us to signal that downtown Montevallo is open for business.”

Funding for the new charging station was provided by a grant from the Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition (ACFC) through its involvement in Alabama Partners for Clean Air. Drive Electric Alabama, a statewide education platform dedicated to improving the state through the adoption of electric vehicles, assisted with planning and promotion of the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

“These chargers are the type called Level 2, which are intended for an EV driver who plans to park and leave their car charging while they shop, eat, or visit one of Montevallo’s schools, parks or other attractions,” said Michael Staley, president of the Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition. “EV sales are on the rise, but a lack of charging infrastructure is still a top reason people are apprehensive about driving an EV. It’s great to be a part of this highly visible project in downtown Montevallo that is definitely helping close the gap.”    

The new charging station, which offers two plugs and can be expanded in the future, became operational in late July. “We’ve seen a steady stream of EV owners use it already, and they’ve expressed thanks to the city for providing this place to charge,” Nix said.

The ACFC grant also funded construction of a separate EV charging station with two charging ports, which will be open soon, at Village on Valley, a cluster of businesses located at 1205 Ashville Road in Montevallo.

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Nix also noted Montevallo’s commitment to sustainability, evidenced by the city’s recycling center that is extremely popular with residents.

“We clearly see the economic benefits of public EV charging, and we also acknowledge the ecological benefits, too,” Nix said. “It’s wonderful when a project can have multiple benefits for our residents and our community.”

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