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May 25, 2022

EV maintenance costs, clean power and EVs and solid-state EV batteries

Do you live in the Johnson City area?

Join Drive Electric Tennessee on June 1, 2022 for a virtual "Ready for EVs" workshop! This is your opportunity to network with others in the Johnson City area interested in seeing electrification efforts advance in your community. 

Learn more: HERE

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Chapter Development

DriveElectricTN is working to develop chapters of our organization all across the state. These chapters will aid DET in EV awareness efforts, events and helping our group reach our goal of seeing 200,000 EVs on Tennessee's roads by 2028! 

If you are interested in starting or joining a chapter, please contact Jack Goodwin,

Email Jack

Maintenance costs for EVs vs. ICE vehicles

Have you ever wondered if electric vehicles (EVs) are really less expensive than internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles to maintain? Have you heard statements like, "EV batteries won't last more than 5 years" or that "EVs require more maintenance as an owner"?

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First look: Why clean power is crucial to EV scale-up

An ambitious scaling-up of electric vehicle deployment in the U.S. would slash transportation sector emissions, but could paradoxically boost emissions from the electricity sector unless paired

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Gallery: Drive Electric TN attends Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo 2022

Savannah Robertson and Ainsley Kelso from Drive Electric TN attended ACT Expo 2022 and documented the vehicles and technology they drove and experienced while in Long Beach.

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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)

Upper Cumberland Community Charging Planning Workshop:

In concert with numerous community partners like TDOT, the Upper Cumberland Development District, and Tennessee Tech. University, we are hosting a Community Planning Workshop in Cookeville, TN that will focus on developing some larger plans for the Upper Cumberland (UC) region

This event will be an immersive, three-hour workshop where we will provide a background on EVs and how you charge them, what is going on in Tennessee with jobs and EV production, discuss the funding opportunities that are coming in 2022, 2023 and beyond, and then delve into the different kinds of charging that can be installed and find the best sites for all kinds of charging to help the UC develop a Community Charging Plan.

Date: June 6, 2022, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm CT

Register: HERE

Forth Roadmap Conference 2022:

Join the Drive Electric Tennessee team in Portland and learn from and engage the multitudes of industry experts that will be there! We are excited to talk about fleet actions taking place in Tennessee with partners old and new while there, and see some of the newest vehicles that are coming into the market. Looking for a discount on your ticket to the Fourth Roadmap Conference? Look no further!

Use code DET22 for $75 off

“Early Adopter” pricing ends on May 31, 2022.

Date: June 29-30, 2022

Register: HERE

Second Annual 'EVs in the Smokies' Event:

The Knoxville Electric Vehicle Association (KEVA) and Drive Electric Tennessee (DET) are excited to announce the second annual EVs In The Smokies event on July 9, 2022, at the Townsend Visitors Center in Townsend, Tennessee.

If you have questions about the event, please contact KEVA at

Date: July 9, 2022, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm ET

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Xos unveils new medium- and heavy-duty commercial EVs plus Xosphere fleet platform

Commercial EV manufacturer Xos, Inc. unveiled three new products as part of its "fleet week" celebration today, including new medium- and heavy-duty all-electric trucks. Additionally, the company introduced Xosphere ("ex-ose-sphere") - its new fleet management platform to monitor vehicle performance and efficiency in real time. Xos Inc.

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Solid-state cells will cut EV charging time in half and increase volumetric density over 50%

In a letter to shareholders outlining its progress through Q1 of 2022, solid-state battery manufacturer QuantumScape has shared some exciting updates. These include a new 16-layer, solid-state cell - an initial proof of concept of the company's proprietary cell format. Additionally, QuantumScape shared news of scaled manufacturing and plans for increased production capacity.

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Toyota will soon max out its electric vehicle tax credits

Considering Toyota's new electric vehicle or a fuel-efficient Toyota plug-in hybrid vehicle? Act fast. Their effective price is likely to jump later this year. Incentives sunset after 200,000 sales The federal government provides a tax incentive of up to $7,500 to help Americans purchase electric cars or PHEVs.

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Blue Bird unveils electric vehicle platform at 2022 ACT Expo

Blue Bird Corporation, the leader in electric and low-emission school buses, today unveiled a unique Class 5-6 electric vehicle platform at the 2022 Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo, North America's largest advanced transportation technology and clean fleet event.

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