With approval from the Kentucky Public Service Commission, Louisville Gas and Electric Company (LG&E) and Kentucky Utilities (KU) Company will install up to 20 electric vehicle charging stations across their service territories for public use.
Additionally, business customers have the opportunity to host charging stations at their locations.
“Launching this new service, both in public access areas and for business customers interested in hosting charging stations, will further support electric vehicle drivers by improving their accessibility to regional charging stations,” said John P. Malloy, vice president of Customer Services.
The stations will include the latest safety features—like charging plugs that lock in the stand when not in use—and use digital display screens and quick-pay options for a low effort customer experience.
“Through our existing electric infrastructure, this new utility service allows us to support our customers who are concerned about their transportation environmental footprint and own electric vehicles,” said Malloy.
The company is currently exploring locations to host the 20 public charging stations in areas such as street parking, parking lots and other outdoor areas.
Business customers interested in hosting charging stations can locate the stations anywhere on their property.
Kentucky’s electric vehicle market
Fueled by public demand, government support, and increased availability, electric vehicle adoption continues an upward trend throughout the country. Currently, there are about 30 public charging stations, 19 of which are in the LG&E and KU service territories. Of those 19, 13 are located at automotive dealerships.
According to the Electric Power Research Institute, over 750 plug-in electric hybrid vehicles and battery electric vehicles have been registered in the state of Kentucky since 2010.
Though they represent only a small portion of the total number of registered vehicles in Kentucky, the purchase and use of electric vehicles in Kentucky is increasing. Additional efforts to increase charging infrastructure can help further remove consumer barriers to electric vehicle adoption and ownership.
Visit lge-ku.com/ev for more information.