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May 17, 2022

DOE funds efficient EV batteries, TN's electric grid and Frito-Lay electric fleet

DET attends ACT Expo 2022

Drive Electric Tennessee Coordinator Savannah Robertson and Communications Coordinator Ainsley Kelso attended the Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo in Long Beach, California from May 9 - 11. 

It was an educational and successful week of learning about the future of electrification and meeting people from other Drive Electric programs from around the U.S.

Tennessee Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (TEVI) Deployment Plan

TDOT and TDEC are currently accepting feedback on the TEVI Deployment Plan through an online survey and public outreach sessions. As of May 16, only two public outreach sessions remain on May 17 and May 18.

Take the survey by May 31, 2022, for your responses to count!

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DOE announces $45 million to develop more efficient electric vehicle batteries

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced up to $45 million in funding to support the domestic development of advanced batteries for electric vehicles. Through DOE's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), the Department is launching the Electric Vehicles for American Low-Carbon Living (EVs4ALL) program to develop more affordable, convenient, efficient and resilient batteries.

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Volkswagen might build an electric pickup in Tennessee

The latest buzz about Volkswagen is that it might start building a couple of trucks in Tennessee. Sources familiar with the plan being considered have told Reuters that the automaker may expand its manufacturing facility in Chattanooga to add production of the recently introduced van and an electric pickup.

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Alumna thinking big in the EV-charging world

In 2019 Sheryl Ponds, a 1987 graduate of UT's Tickle College of Engineering, founded Dai Technologies Corporation, which provides tailor-made turnkey installations of electric-vehicle charging stations for homes, multifamily developments, and commercial settings, including curbside parking in the Washington, DC, metro area.

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DET Monthly Meeting with Local Power Companies:

Have your local power company represented on our monthly calls with other LPCs across the state. Our team is actively working to involve all Tennessee LPCs in order to expand the representation we currently have on these calls. We hope that your attendance will provide you with the direct intel needed on upcoming grants and other related topics as they arise. Current attendance includes BrightRidge, CDE Lightband, EPB, Holston EC, KUB, MLGW, MTE, NEW, Paris BPU, TVA, and Upper Cumberland EMC.

Email Savannah Robertson,, to register.

Date: May 17, 2022, 1:00 - 2:00 pm ET (Recurring meeting)

DET Infrastructure Working Group Meetings:

Want to help DET develop effective and efficient electric vehicle infrastructure across the state of Tennessee? Join our Infrastructure Working Group meetings and assist with the coordination, planning, building, standardization and maintenance of state-wide infrastructure.

Email Savannah Robertson,, to register.

Date: May 27, 2022, 10:00 - 11:00 am ET (Recurring meeting)

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Drive Electric Earth Day (DEED) Memphis 2022 - Video

The Memphis Drive Electric Earth Day event was held on April 23, 2022, from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Shelby Farms Park. Sierra Club member Joe Ozegovich captured the day and created this video as the result.

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Can the grid handle millions of EVs? In Tennessee, distribution systems will be 'canary in the coal mine'

Electrifying all 10 million vehicles in the Tennessee Valley Authority service territory would add 25-30% to existing load, a level the transmission system could handle, according to utility studies.

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Frito-Lay debuts electric fleet pilot project

PLANO, Texas - Frito-Lay on Monday announced a new electric fleet that will serve the-Dallas Fort Worth area, specifically Carrollton, Texas. The first pilot Ford eTransit truck has arrived just in time for Earth Day with 40 arriving later this summer.

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Tesla CCS adapter spotted charging at over 200 kW - is it finally going to be available?

Tesla's own CCS adapter was spotted charging a Model Y at over 200 kW - a first for Tesla's elusive adapter. Is it finally going to be available? With the launch of the Model 3 and its Supercharger V3 in Europe, Tesla switched its main charging standard to CCS.

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