Location: Montevallo, AL
Fleet Type: City Owned – EV Charging

Narrative

The City of Montevallo, Alabama, established a goal of installing electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure to serve the growing number of visitors with EVs and as a first step towards transitioning some of its own vehicles to EVs in the future.

Montevallo Mayor Rusty Nix speaks during a ribbon cutting ceremony in downtown Montevallo on September 14, 2023.

On Wednesday, September 14, 2023, the City of Montevallo unveiled its first electric vehicle charging station across the street from City Hall. This location is a short walk to multiple shops, businesses, and restaurants. The Level 2 EV charging station was supported by the Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition with an 80% grant provided through ACFC’s involvement in Alabama Partners for Clean Air.

“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 is important to have public charging available for EV owners. It is another way for us to signal that downtown Montevallo is open for business.”

Outputs & Outcomes

Outputs:

  • The City of Montevallo sought and received funding for EV charging infrastructure to serve the parking public. This project could also support the transition of some City-owned vehicles to EV in the future.
  • A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on September 14, 2023, at the fully operational Level 2 chargers.

Outcomes:

  • Easy to access and near the Montevallo City Hall, this charging station has been well-received by the community.
  • The City of Montevallo hopes to add additional EV chargers at locations in the future.

Best Practices & Lessons Learned

Best Practices:

  • When installing EV charging infrastructure for the first time, it is important to understand what type of charging is most suitable for a specific location.
  • Involve project partners that can support project decision-making from an experienced perspective.
  • Talk to key stakeholders in the area to make them aware of the anticipated benefits of attracting customers to local businesses by offering EV charging.

Lessons Learned:

  • Get started early enough to allow a project to be completed within the expected time frame.
  • Consult with the local electric utility, especially when charging infrastructure will be serving the public.

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