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Representatives from Drake State and TVA pose with EV charger.

Drake State, TVA Partner to Support Electric Vehicle Chargers in North Alabama

Drake State Community and Technical College is proud to announce a groundbreaking partnership with the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) that marks a significant step toward a sustainable future. As part of this partnership, TVA has generously donated two cutting-edge Level 2 Electric Vehicle (EV) chargers to Drake State’s campus to support regional students as they learn how to repair and maintain electric vehicles in the Automotive Services program.

The partnership between Drake State and TVA is a milestone in the journey toward embracing the energy system of the future. By combining the expertise and resources of both institutions, they aim to create a model for sustainable practices that inspires other educational institutions and businesses in the Tennessee Valley and beyond.

By incorporating electric vehicle charging stations on campus, Drake State is meeting the demands of an evolving automotive landscape and contributing to the growth of the EV charging infrastructure in North Alabama.

“We are thrilled to partner with the Tennessee Valley Authority to bring electric vehicle charging infrastructure to our campus,” said Dr. Patricia Sims, President of Drake State Community and Technical College. “This collaboration aligns with our commitment to sustainability and prepares for the green workforce of tomorrow. It’s not just about the chargers themselves, but the message they send – that Drake State is serious about renewable energy and our role in shaping a cleaner, more sustainable future.”

TVA’s contribution of the state-of-the-art Level 2 Electric Vehicle chargers highlights their dedication to supporting local communities and fostering innovative solutions for the future. TVA has long been a leader in energy initiatives, and its support of Drake State demonstrates its belief in the college’s potential to drive change through education, research, and practical implementation.

“TVA and Drake State share a common mission of economic growth, continual improvement, and enriching the communities we have the privilege to serve,” shared Jared Mitchem, Regional Vice President for the Tennessee Valley Authority.

TVA’s EV charger donation will directly impact students participating in Drake State’s Automotive Services program by providing them access to new technology. After starting Alabama’s first hybrid electric vehicle course, Drake State expanded its curriculum to include EV repair and maintenance. Students will be able to earn a short certificate in electric hybrid vehicles beginning in 2024.

TVA is committed to electrifying transportation and the donation of EV chargers to Drake State is just one example. Together with local power companies and state agencies, TVA is developing and funding the Fast Charge Network to place fast chargers at least every 50 miles along major travel corridors across its seven-state service area. TVA has also developed an EV website with tools for drivers to search for EVs that meet their needs, compare EVs to gasoline-powered vehicles to see how much they will save in maintenance and fuel, and get answers to top EV questions.