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Oklahoma announces funding program for electric vehicle charging stations

Oklahoma announces funding program for electric vehicle charging stations
Posted at 3:31 PM, Nov 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-29 16:31:58-05

The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality, office of the Oklahoma Secretary of Energy and Environment and the Oklahoma Department of Transportation announced Thursday a funding program aimed at providing light-duty electric vehicle charging stations in the state.

The ChargeOK Grant Program, funded by the Volkswagen State Environmental Trust, is offering approximately $3.1 million for the purchase, installation, and operation of publicly accessible charging stations throughout the state.

The state says it aims to building a strategic network of electric vehicle charging stations to increase the use of the vehicles in place of gas-powered cars to mitigate harmful air emissions.

Seeing several of our state agencies collaborating on the expansion of electric vehicle infrastructure is an exciting time for the future of EVs in Oklahoma,” said Governor Mary Fallin. “Similar to my commitment to the state’s CNG initiative to promote cleaner burning vehicles, using these funds to develop electric vehicle infrastructure will be crucial to the future of the automobile, energy and utility industries in Oklahoma.” Secretary of Energy and Environment Michael Teague echoed Governor Fallin’s thought by stating, “Oklahoma has continued to be a leader in CNG vehicles and infrastructure. This program begins the next piece for alternative fuel vehicles and infrastructure for our state.” 

More information about the program can be found here.

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