More Electric Car Charging Stations could make their way to the Wabash Valley

More electric car charging stations could be coming to Terre Haute in the near future. Six energy companies across the United States are banding together to develop the Electric Highway Coalition to make this a reality.

Posted: Mar 11, 2021 6:36 PM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - More electric car charging stations could be coming to Terre Haute in the near future. Six energy companies across the United States are banding together to develop the Electric Highway Coalition to make this a reality.

Duke Energy is among the energy companies partnering to make this happen. The network will stretch across 16 states in the Midwest and South and that includes right here in the Wabash Valley.

News 10 spoke with Lew Middleton of Duke Energy. He says last year, Duke Energy proposed a pilot electric vehicle charging program to the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission. It was turned down. Middleton says this was in large part due to the lack of statewide policy for developing electric vehicle projects. However, there is now legislation to try and create that structure in front of the Indiana General Assembly. From there, the Regulatory Commission could act on the plan.

Executive Director at Vigo County Area Planning Jared Bayler says this project would be a huge benefit to the Wabash Valley. Middleton says the charging program would help Duke Energy’s goal to cut their carbon emissions down to net-zero by 2050.

“We’re on track to deliver on that and I think electric vehicles will be a big part of that,” Middleton said.

“There are in the neighborhood of about 1.4 million electrified vehicles on the road today,” Bayler said, “If we could even catch a few of those as they were passing through or if they stopped to stay awhile, that could mean a lot to our local economy.”

Both gentlemen say electric cars are the future and the Wabash Valley having the foresight to potentially make this happen will pay dividends.

With a Casino and Convention Center coming to the area in the next few years, Bayler says this project could benefit the Wabash Valley economy greatly.

“We’re going to continue to see more and more of these vehicles out traveling the roads,” Bayler continued, “Anytime we can get out ahead of what will be happening, it positions the Wabash Valley uniquely in being competitive for those dollars and for those visitors regionally.”

“If we get these and maybe some additional charging stations, it will certainly be a boom for the Wabash Valley,” Middleton concluded, “More people will begin to be interested in electric vehicles, I think, and the spin-off of that will be significant.”

Middleton says this project would include 30 fast-charging locations across the Wabash Valley. You could charge your vehicle in as few as 20 minutes.

Terre Haute
Partly Cloudy
79° wxIcon
Hi: 83° Lo: 56°
Feels Like: 81°
Robinson
Partly Cloudy
81° wxIcon
Hi: 84° Lo: 57°
Feels Like: 83°
Indianapolis
Partly Cloudy
77° wxIcon
Hi: 83° Lo: 58°
Feels Like: 79°
Rockville
Partly Cloudy
82° wxIcon
Hi: 83° Lo: 55°
Feels Like: 82°
Casey
Partly Cloudy
79° wxIcon
Hi: 82° Lo: 58°
Feels Like: 80°
Brazil
Partly Cloudy
79° wxIcon
Hi: 84° Lo: 56°
Feels Like: 81°
Marshall
Partly Cloudy
79° wxIcon
Hi: 82° Lo: 54°
Feels Like: 81°
Sunny & pleasant day.
WTHI Planner
WTHI Temps
WTHI Radar

WTHI Events

 

Illinois Coronavirus Cases

(Widget updates once daily at 7 p.m. CT)

Cases: 1582392

Reported Deaths: 26884
CountyCasesDeaths
Cook60726610902
DuPage1026891351
Will862101080
Lake761221053
Kane65145838
Winnebago38503541
Madison37519564
St. Clair34621558
McHenry32619311
Peoria25609359
Champaign25478182
Sangamon24108264
McLean21470203
Tazewell19477326
Rock Island17502342
Kankakee16409232
Kendall15177104
LaSalle14258273
Macon14134230
Vermilion12805180
Adams12525147
DeKalb11460126
Williamson11116152
Whiteside7759176
Boone753381
Jackson748379
Coles7121109
Ogle699985
Grundy690481
Clinton673597
Franklin658994
Knox6439163
Marion6392135
Macoupin629997
Henry604172
Jefferson5933130
Effingham580980
Livingston560294
Woodford548291
Stephenson534088
Randolph517096
Monroe501098
Morgan477995
Fulton475369
Christian474980
Logan471373
Montgomery459776
Lee452456
Bureau421687
Perry407770
Saline393562
Iroquois389170
Fayette385256
McDonough350855
Jersey318753
Douglas301236
Shelby296943
Crawford294030
Union292445
Lawrence291031
Wayne263956
White259229
Richland254052
Hancock250934
Pike249456
Cass245628
Bond241524
Clark241038
Ford232755
Clay230547
Edgar226844
Carroll223637
Warren218655
Johnson207821
Moultrie206730
Washington203827
Jo Daviess201624
Greene197738
Mason194551
Wabash193715
Massac192643
De Witt191230
Piatt188314
Mercer185434
Cumberland172423
Menard154112
Jasper148718
Marshall132721
Hamilton125720
Brown10127
Pulaski96711
Schuyler9568
Edwards94015
Stark75426
Gallatin7214
Scott6885
Alexander66011
Calhoun6342
Henderson62614
Hardin55413
Putnam5414
Pope4685
Unassigned1192432
Out of IL80

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

(Widget updates once daily at 8 p.m. ET)

Cases: 918230

Reported Deaths: 15011
CountyCasesDeaths
Marion1252491952
Lake623371084
Allen52301746
Hamilton43009443
St. Joseph41155584
Elkhart32831485
Vanderburgh29698436
Tippecanoe26442247
Johnson23106414
Hendricks21708338
Porter21255340
Clark16988222
Madison16899378
Vigo15562272
Monroe14186190
LaPorte13961235
Delaware13613215
Howard13531258
Kosciusko11150134
Hancock10534159
Warrick10431174
Bartholomew10233166
Floyd10099202
Wayne9557216
Grant8858194
Morgan8654158
Boone8231109
Dubois7521123
Henry7391126
Dearborn734186
Noble7208100
Marshall7168127
Cass7060117
Lawrence6803150
Jackson638980
Shelby6386106
Gibson5999105
Harrison587984
Huntington586490
Montgomery5663101
DeKalb555691
Knox532999
Miami523183
Clinton522464
Putnam519067
Whitley509851
Steuben480267
Wabash470192
Jasper465760
Jefferson456091
Ripley439074
Adams435565
Daviess4008106
Scott389563
White383457
Decatur376895
Clay376455
Greene375589
Wells375183
Fayette363074
Posey351841
Jennings341756
Washington324046
LaGrange312074
Spencer310734
Fountain306553
Randolph302087
Sullivan294947
Owen275961
Orange269659
Starke268961
Fulton264451
Jay248134
Perry244950
Carroll239926
Franklin229337
Vermillion225850
Rush225530
Parke212020
Tipton205354
Pike200938
Blackford163834
Pulaski155250
Crawford140818
Benton138316
Newton138141
Brown130646
Martin124416
Switzerland122310
Warren112616
Union92211
Ohio75811
Unassigned0461