The Oklahoma EVolution

Oklahoma's race to bring electric vehicle infrastructure to the state.

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Eric Pollard, Central Oklahoma Clean Cities Coordinator, is standing next to a charger that was recently installed at OnCue in Edmond, Oklahoma.

What do you get when a state creates a tax incentive to build alternative fuel filling stations and a major auto manufacturer is forced to give away millions for making excessively polluting vehicles? In less than a year, Oklahoma has built the most electric vehicle charging stations per capita.

Getting there was no small task. Governmental organizations such as the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments (Oklahoma City) and the Indian Nations Council of Governments (Tulsa) along with utilities and private businesses have met on a regular basis since before the incentives aligned.

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Through their collaboration, Oklahoma was ready to maximize its investment in electric vehicle charging infrastructure and create a network only seen previously on the coasts.

Success lies in putting stations where people want to go and having enough chargers to accommodate an increase in drivers.

Almost all of the stations in Oklahoma have two to six charging points along with the infrastructure to double the number of chargers immediately. When you get a chance, flip on over to PlugShare and look for Oklahoma hiding under station location pins!

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The Association of Central Oklahoma Governments (ACOG), located in downtown Oklahoma City, is home to the nation’s 48th official U.S. Department of Energy Clean Cities program and coalition. ACOG received Clean Cities designation on May 29, 1996 and has the distinction of being the nation’s first regional Clean Cities program. Our program primarily represents the four-county Central Oklahoma metropolitan region, but membership reaches across the state. We have several statewide and multi-state stakeholders in common with our sister program, Tulsa Area Clean Cities, located at the Indian National Council of Governments. Locally, Central Oklahoma Clean Cities program stakeholders represent more than 45 businesses and government agencies. Nationally, nearly 13,000 Clean Cities stakeholders are dedicated to the Clean Cites goals of reducing petroleum dependence in the transportation sector, improving air quality, expanding domestic alternative fuel use, accelerating deployment of advanced technology vehicles, low-level alternative fuel blends, hybrid vehicles, fuel efficient vehicles, fuel economy policies, and idle reduction technologies and policies.



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