On March 2, 2021, six of the country’s largest utilities agreed to partner to develop fast charging corridors throughout the Midwest and Southeast. The Electric Highway Coalition, made up of American Electric Power (AEP), Duke Energy, Dominion Energy, Entergy Corporation, Southern Company, and the Tennessee Valley Authority, plans to roll out DC fast charging across the region. This marks the first major multi-utility partnership in these regions, following similar initiatives in the Rocky Mountain region under REV West and along Pacific Coast interstates with the West Coast Clean Transit Corridor.

Several of these utilities including AEP, Duke, Dominion, and Southern Co. have already been approved to invest in EV charging programs in their respective service territories. Duke holds the largest approvals with EV programs in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Florida. AEP and Duke have both also committed to electrifying their fleet vehicles by 2030. This initiative goes beyond the existing statewide EV charging plans in place in states like North Carolina and Tennessee and will link travel throughout the region as the EV market continues to accelerate in the Midwest and Southeast.