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Charging ahead: Electric vehicle stations gaining some traction in Louisiana

BY SAM KARLIN | SKARLIN@THEADVOCATE.COM |

For years, as electric vehicle sales lagged in Louisiana compared with other states, so too has the availability of public, fast-charging stations for them.

That’s starting to change. Electrify America, a Volkswagen subsidiary born out of the automaker’s infamous emissions-rigging scandal, is set to bring three DC fast-charging electric vehicle stations to Louisiana, and Clean Fuels Louisiana is pushing for more than a dozen additional ones throughout the state in an effort to have one available every 50 miles along each interstate.

Ann Vail, executive director of Louisiana Clean Fuels, said the nonprofit is working on a master plan for electric vehicle infrastructure, aimed at landing a federal designation called an Alternative Fuel Corridor. If successful, she said it will boost Louisiana’s market for electric vehicles and make them a more viable option for customers. Continue reading...