New electric vehicle charging station activated in Jefferson Memorial Forest’s Tom Wallace Park
Mayor Fischer was joined by leaders from Louisville Parks and Recreation, the Air Pollution Control District, Evolve KY, the Louisville Sustainability Council, and Louisville Forward on Monday to celebrate the activation of the newly installed electric vehicle (EV) charging station in Tom Wallace Park, a part of Jefferson Memorial Forest.
“This EV charging station is a testament to our continued commitment to this important work,” said Mayor Fischer. “This EV charger also contributes to President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill, that when passed, will work to make historic investments in a clean transportation infrastructure, as well as improvements to sustainable transportation options for millions of Americans.”
In a partnership with Jefferson Memorial Forest and Evolve KY, the addition of the EV charging station at Tom Wallace Park was made possible with funding from the Air Quality Trust Fund administered exclusively by the Air Pollution Control Board, as well as a micro-grant received by Wilderness Louisville from the Louisville Sustainability Council.
“This will be our 36th site and 82nd installed charger,” said Evolve KY Co-Founder Stuart Ungar. “It’s wonderful to have chargers in cities and towns so that folks can charge while they work, shop, and eat. But, in this fast-paced time, it’s something special to have chargers placed in natural areas.”
As part of a city-wide initiative and with the passage of the 100% Renewable Energy resolution in February 2020, Louisville joined hundreds of other cities across the nation in making the commitment to investing in clean, renewable energy.
This year, Mayor Fischer signed Executive Order 2021-005, prompting Metro agencies and departments to prioritize the purchasing of electric and hybrid vehicles, green equipment, and necessary infrastructure to support Louisville Metro’s municipal fleet transition to electric; a critical part of Louisville Metro’s goal of 100% clean energy for all operations by 2035.
With the addition of EV chargers throughout the city and in partnership with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Louisville is well on its way to achieving the goal of 100% clean energy community-wide by 2040. The community is encouraged to join in on the Green Fleet Challenge by investing in battery electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid vehicles. More information on the challenge and how to sign up can be found at 100percentlou.com.