Why We Advocate
On-road and non-road electric vehicles and equipment are clean, efficient, economical, and quiet, create U.S. jobs and contribute to energy independence.
- Gasoline or diesel engines wear over time leading to higher tailpipe emissions. EVs will get cleaner over time as the generation of electricity continues to get cleaner.
- Southern Company, our parent company, has invested approximately $9 billion to put environmental control equipment to work for customers and, since 1990, our emissions of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides are down more than 80 percent, while electricity generation has increased as much as 40 percent to serve growing demand.
Research and Development
We are actively involved in research and development in both on-road and non-road electric transportation.
We work with national organizations such as the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), vehicle manufacturers, other utilities, and charging companies to produce the next generation of electric vehicles. We are testing Smart Charging strategies to maximize the number of vehicles that can be charged with our current energy capacities. We are also working with university labs to test new technologies that may maximize range from battery packs and wireless charging equipment that can charge vehicles with no cord and, one day, potentially charge your EV while you drive.
On the non-road side, we work closely with customers to implement electric transportation solutions within their companies and to evaluate the cost savings related to those technologies. We are currently testing a prototype battery unit on trucks within our fleet. This unit is designed to power trucks at customer sites with electricity stored in a battery instead of running truck engines. This will reduce fleet emissions, reduce noise at work sites, and save money on vehicle maintenance.
U.S. Department of Energy Support
Alabama was among 24 states to receive a U.S. Department of Energy grant to support community planning for plug-in EVs and charging infrastructure. The $545,400 grant — one of the largest awarded — is benefitting the entire Southeast region. The money was part of the DOE's Clean Cities initiative to help bolster public-private partnerships that advance EV technologies. A total of $8.5 million was spread throughout 16 projects in those 24 states.
The DOE Grand Challenge
In 2012, the U.S. Department of Energy launched the EV Everywhere Grand Challenge with the goal for the U.S. to be the first nation in the world to produce plug-in electric vehicles that are as affordable and convenient for the average American family as today's gasoline-powered vehicles within the next 10 years. Partnering with industry and national laboratories continues to help expand the plug-in electric vehicle market, according to the DOE.