November 14, 2022 — First Electric Cooperative and Today’s Power (TPI) are working together to alleviate some of the apprehension that surrounds driving electric in rural Arkansas. In the month of November, First Electric and TPI unveiled three new level two chargers, located in Austin, Heber Springs, and Ward Arkansas.
Range anxiety is a term often associated with driving electric vehicles, but as the state continues to extend funding opportunities for EV infrastructure buildouts, the adoption of EV’s will continue to rise in popularity. Not only do these chargers offer a much-needed charging solution for current EV drivers in Arkansas, but they also draw in travelers which benefit local businesses and communities.
“TPI aims to ensure that the rural parts of the state are not ignored with respect to EV charging. If you decide to purchase an electric vehicle you can be assured that you will have places to charge.” Said Derek Dyson, President/CEO of Today’s Power.
Mayor Chamberlain of Austin, Mayor Griffin of Heber Springs, and Mayor Gastineau of Ward were in attendance as the charging stations were unveiled and are now available to EV driver
s. Level two chargers are typically placed at locations where drivers will spend more than an hour or have access to nearby amenities or activities. The three new chargers in First Electric’s territory are located at the Austin and Ward City Hall’s and the Heber Springs Community Center.
Don Crabbe, President and CEO of First Electric stated “We appreciate the forethought that these cities have in looking towards the future to put in this infrastructure that is needed for EV’s. These are the first of many to come.”