DriveElectricTN members contribute both time and fiscal assistance to ensure a future for our program. Their contributions help fund DET’s administrative team, produce project materials, and make it possible for DET to reach out to as many Tennesseeans as possible to spread our message.
Tennessee Valley Authority
The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) has been actively involved in Drive Electric TN efforts since the beginning and was the driving force behind pulling together over 100 participants in 2018 towards our collaborative development of the Tennessee “EV Roadmap.” Since that time, TVA has invested in DET to expand our understanding of the market barriers we face in Tennessee and how we can collectively work together to remove those barriers.
TN Dept. of Environment & Conservation
The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s Office of Energy Programs (TDEC OEP) is the governor-designated State Energy Office for Tennessee. It provides education, outreach, technical assistance, funding, and financing opportunities and promotes the efficient, effective use of energy to enhance the environmental and economic health of the state.
Knoxville Utility Board
Knoxville Utilities Board (KUB) provides electric, natural gas, water, and wastewater services to more than 464,000 customers in Knoxville and parts of seven surrounding counties. KUB strives to be a leader in the use of clean fuels and supports EV adoption in our community. KUB was a partner in developing the Tennessee “EV Roadmap” in 2018. Locally, KUB has made strides in promoting the use of EV within its fleet and throughout the community.
EPB provides energy and fiber optic services to the people of the greater Chattanooga area. As a result of joint efforts across a number of organizations, Chattanooga ranks among Tennessee’s top places for the availability of public EV charging stations. EPB has also helped to establish a mile-long traffic test corridor which is used to test automated vehicle technologies along with innovative systems designed to automatically monitor and analyze traffic flows in order to optimize transportation and enhance safety.
Memphis Light, Gas, and Water
Memphis Light, Gas, and Water (MLGW) supports electric transportation to reduce vehicle emissions and improve air quality. As a partner in developing the Tennessee “EV Roadmap,” which set the goal of 200,000 EVs registered in the state by 2028, MLGW continues to explore opportunities to foster EV adoption and increase EV charging infrastructure across our service territory. Short-term plans include developing an official EV Strategy for MLGW, supporting businesses and organizations with EV fleet expansions, educating the community on the benefits of EVs, expanding our optional residential electric Time-of-Use rate and evaluating the purchase of additional EVs for the MLGW fleet.
Nashville Electric Service
Nashville Electric Service (NES) is working to improve the air quality in Nashville by supporting the adoption of plug-in electric vehicles, which reduce greenhouse gas emissions and dependence on petroleum-based fuels. As an original member of Governor Bredesen’s Zero Emission Mobility Project, we recognized early-on the value electric transportation brings to our state and our role as the new fuel provider. In fulfilling our commitment to our customers to continue providing safe, reliable and affordable power, we are actively working with our local and state governments, our commercial and residential customers, Drive Electric TN, TVA and other local power companies to implement a series of initiatives to accelerate the adoption of EV’s across the TVA region.
Middle Tennessee Electric
Founded in 1936 and headquartered in Murfreesboro, Middle Tennessee Electric (MTE) is the largest electric cooperative in the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) region and the second largest in the United States, serving more than 750,000 Tennesseans via 315,000+ accounts covering nearly 2,200 square miles in 11 Middle Tennessee counties. MTE provides numerous renewable energy options and is committed to the use of electric vehicles. Its DriveEV initiative is designed to provide information and guidance to EV owners and prospects, homebuilders and developers, and governmental entities to support the adoption of electric vehicles throughout the MTE service area.
McMinnville Electric Systems
The mission of McMinnville Electric System is to provide safe, reliable, and clean electricity to our customers at the best rates possible. In September 2012, MES installed 4 electric vehicle chargers in anticipation of the need for alternative fueling stations. The chargers were dedicated on September 25, 2012. These stations placed McMinnville on the map, literally. The coordinates of MES’s charging stations are loaded into the alternative fuel stops database of the Department of Energy.
At Holston Electric Cooperative our mission is to provide safe, dependable electric service to our member-owners at a reasonable cost. Our value is service.
Holston Electric Cooperative is a member-owned distributor of TVA power, providing service to more than 30,000 residential, commercial and industrial members in a 525 square-mile area of Hawkins and Hamblen Counties in upper East Tennessee. Our vision is to deliver a level of electric service that meets or exceeds our members’ expectations.
Established in 1938, Paris BPU is a municipal utility authority that provides electric, water and wastewater services to residents of Henry County as a means of promoting economic development and enhancing quality of life in the community. Serving over 22,000 homes and businesses, Paris BPU strives to provide reliable, safe and affordable services to our community.
BrightRidge provides electricity and related programs, services, and products to the following areas: all of Washington County, as well as parts of Carter, Greene, and Sullivan Counties in northeast Tennessee. BrightRidge provides electric service to approximately 78,600 customer metered locations, and was formerly knows as Johnson City Power Board (JCPB since 1945, changing to BrightRidge just a few years ago). In 2018, BrightRidge launched a new division, BrightRidge Broadband, which offers high-speed internet, voice, and video services to customers.
AmpUp is an electric vehicle (EV) software company and network provider that enables drivers, charging station site hosts, and fleets to charge stress-free. Our technology gives station owners the ability to efficiently manage multiple charge stations and locations in one platform. AmpUp is a hardware-agnostic and software-first company that is integrated with over 20 original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) across the globe, which produce both Level 2 and DC Fast Charging (DCFC) stations.
Seven States Power Corporation
Seven States Power is a non-profit membership corporation. An energy solutions company that serves power utilities across seven states of the Tennessee Valley. We are owned and operated by our members who are the 153 power utilities that distribute TVA-generated electricity and provide a variety of essential services that build the economy and enhance life in their communities. Our turnkey products and services include solar arrays, EVs (electric vehicle) and EV chargers, backup generation, combined heat and power, battery storage, fiber deployment, cybersecurity, electric ride-through technology and distributed energy resource management systems.
Cape Electric Energy Solutions
Cape Electric has specialized in providing a high level of service and a large available product offering of the industry’s leading brand names. Chances are, if you need a specific electrical product by name, part number, or application, Cape Electric will have it available either through stock, vendor distribution, or factory order. Cape Electric’s growth has allowed the company to expand beyond the traditional commercial and industrial markets. Cape Electric’s presence in voice and data communication, utility markets, and residential showrooms has become well established during the past 15 years.
CDE Lightband strives to improve its community through the reliable and affordable delivery of electric and broadband services to over 76,000 homes and businesses in Clarksville, TN. CDE Lightband demonstrates commitment to the advancement of technologies and ideas which improve lives and promote sustainability.
For more information regarding CDE Lightband’s projects and programs, including utility-scale solar and EV projects, visit cdelightband.com.
Tennessee Municipal Electric Power Association (TMEPA) is the statewide membership association of 60 municipal and county electric power providers in Tennessee. Together our utility systems provide power to two-thirds of the homes and businesses in Tennessee which represents approximately 75% of the power sold in the state. Our systems have over 6,000 committed employees providing public power locally to nearly 4.5 million Tennesseans. These committed power providers are organized as government entities operating under either an Electric Power Board or the local municipal City Council.
Founded in 2009, Blink Charging is an electric vehicle (“EV”) charging company dedicated to slowing climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions caused by gas powered transportation. The company is paving the way for the growth of the EV industry by accelerating adoption of EVs through deploying EV charging infrastructure globally. Blink works with Businesses & Property Owners to be at the forefront of the green energy revolution and make your location environmentally friendly by installing EV charging stations to attract EV drivers and support sustainability. Blink offers several different business models for the deployment of EV charging stations powered by the robust, cloud-based Blink Network.
The State Group is one of North America’s leading multi-trade Industrial and Specialty Services contractors. Established in 1961, we provide comprehensive multi-trade services that include Electrical, Mechanical and Civil on a single source basis. The State Group has strong ties to the Tennessee market and is looking forward to continuing to support the evolving needs of our clients in the eMobility space.
Over the last 12 months, State Group has installed over 400 Level II and DC Fast charging and we continue to invest heavily in growing this component of our service offering. We are very excited for the opportunity to participate and engage with the other members of DET and support DET’s exciting efforts to drive the electrification of Tennessee.
Since 2016, the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) has nominated several interstates and major highways for designation as a Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Alternative Fuel Corridor; this allows for federal transportation funding to be used towards building charging and refueling stations along these corridors. TDOT also served as a key stakeholder in the development of Drive Electric Tennessee’s “EV Roadmap”. In 2020, TDOT led development of the regional, FHWA-funded I-40 Alternative Fuel Corridor Deployment Plan and has since intended to provide TDEC with an additional $7 million in federal Highway Infrastructure Program (HIP) funds to expand fast-charging electric vehicle infrastructure along FHWA-designated Alternative Fuel Corridors in Tennessee.
Orange EV builds, sells, and services industrial electric vehicles for some of the most successful companies in the world. Founded in 2012, Riverside, Missouri-based Orange EV was the nation’s first manufacturer to offer 100 percent electric Class 8 vehicles. Since delivering their first terminal truck in 2015, they have deployed over 1,000 trucks (for more than 230 fleets) across 36 states, along with Canada and the Caribbean. Cumulatively, Orange EV trucks have surpassed 12.8 million miles and 4.4 million duty hours.
The Tennessee Valley Public Power Association Inc. (TVPPA) is the nonprofit, regional service organization that represents the interests of consumer-owned electric utilities operating within the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) service area. TVPPA members include both municipal and electric cooperatives, and they serve more than 9 million people in Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Mississippi, Kentucky, North Carolina and Virginia.
Adopt a Charger
Adopt a Charger, a nonprofit organization, accelerates the widespread adoption of plug-in vehicles through the proliferation of public, fee-free electric car chargers which are “adopted” by sponsors. These sponsors, corporations, organizations and individuals, donate funds used to install and maintain EV chargers in parks, museums, beaches and other widely used public places.
Thompson Truck Centers
Thompson Truck Centers has locations in LaVergne (Nashville) TN and Memphis TN. At Thompson Truck, we are committed to some core values: Honesty, Integrity, Respect, Safety, Quality and a "Can Do" Attitude. We offer quality used trucks at competitive prices. We are constantly adding trucks to our inventory but if you are looking for something that we don‘t have in stock, just let us know and we’ll find it for you. We look forward to helping you find your next truck and hope to earn your business for a lifetime!
The Electric School Bus Coalition (ESBC, www.eschoolbus.org) is comprised of an unparalleled diverse stakeholder network of bus manufacturers/providers, electric utilities, NGOs, and material providers that provides critical solutions towards zero emissions by accelerating the expansion of electric school bus fleets for a cleaner, healthier economy and nation. The Coalition was launched in June 2021 with 17 founding members. Since its launch, Coalition membership has grown to over 30 members and helped influence passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA).
QEV Charge specializes in combining electric vehicle charging stations and your brand. We have over 20 years’ experience building branded products. Founded in 2001 in Sugar Grove, IL we began in the sign industry and grew rapidly into one of the premier high-quality sign manufacturers in the country. Producing many signs for fortune 100 companies using state-of-the-art equipment and innovative manufacturing techniques, and developed a reputation as a reliable, high-quality, low-cost manufacturer of both standard and highly customized signs.
ABM (NYSE: ABM) is a leading provider of facility solutions. ABM’s comprehensive capabilities include janitorial, electrical & lighting, energy solutions, facilities engineering, HVAC & mechanical, landscape & turf, mission-critical solutions and parking, provided through stand-alone or integrated solutions. ABM provides custom facility solutions in urban, suburban and rural areas to properties of all sizes – from schools and commercial buildings to hospitals, data centers, manufacturing plants and air. As a leading installer of electric vehicle charging ports, ABM has the scope to design, self-perform, and manage an implementation that’s customized for your properties and your key metrics.
Piedmont Lithium is developing a world-class integrated lithium business in the United States, enabling the transition to a net zero world and the creation of a clean energy economy in America. Piedmont has developed a more stable and sustainable Lithium production solution designed to provide a significantly smaller footprint. We have a responsibility to be good stewards of the land, our planet, our environment, and our community. Doing our work in the most sustainable way possible is our number one priority because we understand what we produce is directly related to positively impacting the sustainability of our planet by helping to reduce global carbon emissions for future generations.
According to the Kimley-Horn website, "At Kimley-Horn, we do things differently. People—clients and employees—are at the forefront of our business. Clients know we are laser-focused on their success. Employees know our culture and approach to business are built on a desire to see our staff flourish, one and all. Both groups know that with Kimley-Horn, they can expect more and experience better."
Tesla Owners Tennessee
Tesla Owners of Tennessee. Driving Into A Better Future. An Official Partner of the Tesla Owners Club Program.
Tickle College of Engineering
The Institute for a Secure and Sustainable Environment (ISSE) at the University of Tennessee is part of the Tickle College of Engineering and is the major contracting partner for the East Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition. ISSE provides support to the coalition in a number of ways and together the two entities look for collaborative research and outreach opportunities that can help drive DET towards its goal of 200,000 EVs on Tennessee roads by 2028.
East Tennessee Clean Fuels
The East Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition (ETCleanFuels) is one of the two U.S. DOE "Clean Cities" programs in Tennessee and is the administrative lead for Drive Electric TN. Multiple staff for ETCleanFuels work on the DET effort. ETCleanFuels is a nonprofit that is fuel-agnostic with the goal of advancing the use of all of the alternative fuels to the ends of reducing petroleum and emissions, and strengthening Tennessee’s economy. DET specifically works to put more EVs on Tennessee roads.
Alex Strong - DET Coordinator, member all three Working Groups. Jonathan Overly - DET Administrator, Infrastructure Working Group member; Director, ETCleanFuels.
Middle-West TN Clean Fuels
The Middle-West Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition (MWTCF) is one of the two U.S. DOE "Clean Cities" programs in Tennessee and is a major partner in managing activities for Drive Electric TN. Multiple staff for MWTCF work on the DET effort and serve on the DET Executive Committee, as co-chairs on Working Groups, and as Task Force members to help generate not just outputs but outcomes that positively impact the drive for putting more EVs on Tennessee roads.