The lack of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in Alabama is a major impediment to the expanded use of EVs. Under the proposed Rebuild Alabama plan, owners of battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) pay fees that will accelerate the deployment of EV charging station infrastructure across Alabama and alleviate consumer “range anxiety” about access to charging facilities.
In addition to accelerating the development of EV charging infrastructure, the legislation will ensure that BEVs and PHEVs will also contribute to improving the roads and bridges that we all use.
EV owners will be charged an annual registration fee - $200 for BEVs and $100 for PHEVs.
The funds collected will be distributed through the Rebuild Alabama Fund for use in construction and maintenance of a modern-day public road and highway system.
The State will dedicate 25 percent of the collected EV funds to support an EV infrastructure grant program that will provide funding to municipalities, counties, universities and other public institutions to pay for a portion of the costs of developing EV charging station infrastructure.
Collection of the funds for the grant program by the State will stop when BEVs and PHEVs reach a 4 percent market share of motor vehicle registrations in Alabama.
A standard EV charging station costs approximately $10,000 with installation, and fast-charging EV stations cost approximately $125,000. Through this innovative grant program, Alabama will accelerate the expansion of EV charging stations across the State and will sit at the forefront of EV expansion.
Given the strong focus on EVs from Alabama-based automakers, expanding charging infrastructure statewide will pay dividends going forward for all of Alabama.