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UAB recognizes two downtown businesses for expanding electric vehicle infrastructure in Birmingham

  • September 15, 2017

UAB Sustainability and partners recognized Publix Store 1520 and CCR Architects and Interiors for expanding electric vehicle infrastructure in Birmingham.

Written by: Tiffany Westry

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Electric vehicle expo awardsFrom left to right: Birmingham City Councilor Sheila Tyson, Aaron Moore, Public Store 1512, Birmingham City Councilor Valerie Abbott, and Tammy Cohen, CCR Architects and Interiors. The University of Alabama at Birmingham, in conjunction with the City of Birmingham, Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition, Alabama Power Company, Southern Research and Birmingham’s Zero Emissions Owners Group, recognized Publix Store 1520 at Midtown and CCR Architecture and Interiors for their efforts in expanding electric vehicle infrastructure in Birmingham. 

“When CCR Architects and Interiors designed 20 Midtown, they had the forethought to install electric vehicle charging stations in the parking deck for residents,” said Julie Price, coordinator of sustainability at UAB. “Publix Store 1520, which is also located at 20 Midtown, installed charging stations that are free for all customers. Efforts like this are helpful in increasing EV infrastructure so owners don’t have range anxiety when traveling and in increasing awareness about the availability of electric vehicles.” 

The awards were presented by Birmingham City Councilors Sheila Tyson and Valerie Abbott. The businesses were recognized during Birmingham’s first National Drive Electric Week electric vehicle expo, hosted by UAB Sustainability. More than 30 electric vehicles were put on display for the community to learn more about the variety of electric vehicles on the market, charging stations, maintenance needs and costs, and incentives available for those who purchase them.

The event was part of a nationwide celebration to heighten awareness of today’s widespread availability of all-electric and plug-in hybrid cars, trucks, motorcycles and more. See some of the vehicles from the event.