Advocates want Greater Memphis to be a proving ground for electric vehicles and charging stations.

TN_MapMayor A C Wharton and his suburban peers are advocating Greater Memphis as a proving ground for electric vehicles and charging stations.

They believe the region can win out as one of 15 demonstration communities nationally for an electric vehicle initiative under consideration by Congress.

Mid-South CHARGE (Council to Help Advance the Regional Growth of Electrification) touts Memphis as a global logistics hub “uniquely positioned to take advantage of this opportunity.”

In letters Tuesday to congressional delegations, the council wrote, “(T)he Mid-South is well-prepared, willing and eager to adopt electric vehicles once laws are in place to make their development, purchase and regular use more attainable.”

Also signing were Shelby County Mayor-elect Mark Luttrell, Collierville Mayor Stan Joyner, Germantown Mayor Sharon Goldsworthy, West Memphis Mayor Bill Johnson, Hernando Mayor Chip Johnson, Memphis Light Gas and Water Division President Jerry Collins, Greater Memphis Chamber President John Moore, Workforce Investment Network Director Desi Franklin and University of Memphis President Shirley C. Raines.

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Source: Wayne Risher | The Commercial Appeal | Knoxville News Sentinel