Working Groups and Participants

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During the 2017 and 2018 Drive Electric TN (DET) Roadmap development process, participants forged four “Opportunity Areas” of work focus that were of paramount importance if we are going to achieve our primary goal of reaching 200,000 EVs driving on Tennessee roads by 2028. Additionally, many secondary needed work efforts could be categorized into these Opportunity Areas, which we are now mostly calling our “Working Groups”.  They are:

  • Infrastructure
  • Awareness
  • Policies and Programs

Information for each Working Group is provided below with a listing the Group co-chairs, all the current members, and a summary for each “Task Force” or “Committee” that is tackling a specific work task.

If YOU want to help advance tailpipe-free driving in Tennessee, we invite you to join a Working Group and see how you can get involved to make a difference for our beautiful state!

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TN Level 2 Chargers and DC Fast Charging sites - Dec 2020; Tennessee map
Map of Electric Vehicle charging corridors in Tennessee
Opportunities for EV chargers in distressed and at risk counties, Tennessee map

Working Group Members

  • Drew Frye headshot
    Co-chair - Drew Frye
    Senior Power Utilization Engineer, TVA
  • Kent-Minault_headshot
    Co-chair - Kent Minault
    Transportation Committee Co-chair, Sierra Club TN Chapter

This working group is compiled of individuals from the following organizations:



  • Statement: Clear guidance for a Tennessee audience for best practices surrounding siting and operating DCFC units along corridors and in urban areas.
  • Goal or Output: Site Host Guide Report
  • Team: TVA and Atlas Public Policy

Infrastructure WG Meeting Links, Presentations, Etc.

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Ride and Drive: People standing near Tesla Model 3 and SMART EV car
Ride and Drive, man and child holding sign in front of Chevrolet Volt: 'Knox Vegas Sweet! DET"
Ride and Drive - test driving an Audi

Working Group Members

This working group is compiled of individuals from the following organizations:



  • Statement:  Local or regional chapters that are a collection of EV-interested citizens and businesses from that area can have a powerful impact on raising awareness of EVs through holding Ride & Drives, as well as helping develop utility incentives or potentially local policy. 
  • Goal or Output:  Craft a “Chapter Development Guide” that will provide the necessary background for the need and shine a light on pathways to developing strong local chapters as well as strong local chapter leaders.
  • Team:


  • Statement: Electric vehicle Ride & Drives are one of the best ways to educate citizens and fleet managers about the benefits of EVs. Being able to see all the features, hear how quite they are, see that there is no tailpipe for many can be an eye-opening experience. This TF will develop a R&D event guide that will include keys to running a successful event and how to maximize the experience for the attendee while effectively garnering useful data for your drive electric teams.
  • Goal or Output: PDF-based guide
  • Team: 


  • Statement: To ensure that DriveElectricTN develops digital platforms, including a website and social media, to raise awareness about EVs and provide resources to interested parties about the benefits of EVs and how to purchase them.
  • Goal or Output:
  • Team:


  • Statement: Effective signage programs can help improve public knowledge on where charging stations are located, how they are to be utilized, and what limitations might exist around their use. Also, signage can help clarify any penalties for the misuse of charging stations that are only for either parking for PEVs or charging of PEVs.
  • Goal or Output:  Researching current sign use throughout the USA and building a best-practice guide for the state of Tennessee. After Working Group review, this completed guide will be presented to TDEC and Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) for consideration. 
  • Team:
    • Eric Cardwell – President, KEVA (Chair)
    • Don Francis – Clipper Creek
    • Philip Pugliese – General Manager, Planning & Grants, CARTA


  • Statement:  Developing multiple case studies that show examples of fleet conversions to EVs can help other fleets better understand some of the eccentricities of such advance, and connect those fleets for better information sharing and networking. 
  • Goal or Output:  Develop three example cast studies utilizing various kinds of electric vehicle types. Students seeking an East Tennessee State University MBA, within the one-year accelerated program, have agreed to work with our team. Three to four students will participate in this project from August 2020-May 2021. 
  • Team:
    • Chase Milner – Rural Planning Organization Coordinator, FTDD
    • Kevin Couturier – Business Dev. Manager, GM Fleet & Commercial

Working Group Members

This working group is compiled of individuals from the following organizations:



  • Statement: The Local Government Action Plan or Local Action Playbook will serve as a guide on how to design EV-specific policies and goals that cities and other local players can enact to encourage EV adoption and coordinate with other local policy projects. It will also provide helpful information to cities in evaluating and pursuing municipal fleet electrification. The Local Action Playbook will feature a variety of topics to assist local governments large and small, no matter where they are along the journey toward electrification.
    After identifying and reviewing related resources, the group decided to build out interactive video content to articulate best practices and/or options for local government implementation. A proposed outline, with nine different sections, was built out. The working group began to flesh out talking points for the first three video modules, “Overview and Introduction to the Local Government Action Plan Video Series,” “Working with Your Local Utility,” and “Creation of a Transportation Electrification Plan.” These videos are expected to be filmed in early 2021.
  • Goal or Output: “Local Action Playbook” and interactive video content covering these topics:
    1. Working with your Local Utility
    2. Creation of a Transportation Electrification Plan
    3. Promoting Charger Access and Infrastructure Development
    4. Municipal Targets
    5. Equity and Access
    6. Education & Outreach
    7. Incentives
  • Team: Laurel Creech as Lead, working with the entire Policies & Programs Working Group


  • Statement: Throughout 2020, the Policies and Programs Opportunity Area committee worked on the development of a guide for workplace charging and employee incentives related to EVs. This guide, which seeks to inform Tennessee-based employers on all of the key considerations tied to workplace charging in Tennessee, addresses topics such as the benefits of workplace charging, the basics of EVs and EV charging, internal planning, installation considerations, operational details, and real-world case studies. During the year, the group met to identify the most important topics and considerations to be included within the guide and subsequently split into smaller teams to research, collaborate, and draft each section of the document.
  • Goal or Output: Workplace Charging Guide
  • Team: Mark Finlay (TDEC & MWTCF) as Lead, working with entire P&P Working Group


  • Statement: As envisioned within the Roadmap, this project seeks to build a program around prioritized EV parking spaces (“VIP” parking) and convenient destination charging stations in order to help EV drivers to realize additional lifestyle benefits from driving an EV and raise awareness of the perks of being an EV driver.
    During the year, committee members participated in a call with Travel Oregon, Travel Colorado, Forth, and the Oregon Department of Transportation to better understand tourism marketing and branding components for their electric byway programs and to discuss destination charging and lessons learned that could be applied to Tennessee. Throughout the year, committee members worked to identify existing routes or destination chargers that can be promoted from a tourism perspective and built out draft blog posts on these routes; an EV tourism and destination charging blog, which will feature this content, is expected to be finalized and published to the DET website in early 2021.
    Committee members also coordinated with the Tennessee Department of Tourism Development (TDTD) to discuss the various ways in which TDTD can help promote and integrate their efforts with the DET E-VIP / EV Tourism Program. In particular, committee members worked with TDTD to evaluate the potential incorporation of EV charger information onto the trails and byways webpage; the committee plans to compile a statement of purpose for the effort in 2021 for TDTD to route internally for approval.
  • Goal or Output:
    1. Publishing blog posts on EV Tourism; and
    2. Communicating with the department about adding EV charging locations to the many maps and tourism routes that they publicize.
  • Team:  Alexa Voytek (TDEC & MWTCleanFuels) as Lead, working with the entire P&P Working Group

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