Andy Kim is a former GOVERNING staff writer.
Knoxville, Tenn., will soon be the home of about 350 public charging stations for electric vehicles, according to the Knoxville News Sentinel. A part of a nationwide electric vehicle infrastructure project, Knoxville was one of 16 cities chosen for the EV Project. Officially launched in late 2009, the three-year project started its initial infrastructure build this past summer. With a completion date set for late 2012, over 15,000 charging stations will be created in Arizona, California, Oregon, Washington, Tennessee, Texas and Washington, D.C. In addition, the project will deploy over 8,000 electric vehicles, and those who buy the electric cars are eligible to have free charging stations installed in their homes. The project will analyze how the cars and charging stations are used, test various revenue systems for charging stations and evaluate the overall effectiveness of the infrastructure changes. The program is supported by over $110 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Energy, and millions more from private and public sector investors.