FirstEnergy, the electric energy corporation, has joined the Electric Highway Coalition (EHC) – a group of electric energy companies committed to enabling long-distance EV travel through a network of fast-charging stations connecting major highway systems across the U.S.
Formed in March 2021, the EHC’s members include providers such as American Electric Power, AVANGRID, Consolidated Edison, DTE Energy, Dominion Energy, Duke Energy, Entergy Corporation, Eversource Energy, Exelon, FirstEnergy, ITC Holdings Corp., National Grid, Southern Company, and the Tennessee Valley Authority.
The coalition is committed to developing EV charging solutions within their service territories and working together to facilitate efficient, fast-charging deployment plans that enable long-distance EV travel, avoid duplication among coalition utilities, and complement existing fast-charging sites. The coalition’s members are also working to reduce range anxiety among EV drivers by developing new fast-charging sites.
It is presently holding discussions with regulators and legislators in the states it serves to support the expansion of EV infrastructure. For example – Potomac Edison, a subsidiary of FirstEnergy, installed its first fast-charging stations in its Maryland service area earlier this year.
These new stations are part of the subsidiary’s EV Driven pilot program, a five-year program approved by Maryland’s Public Service Commission. It is designed to benefit the state’s environment by reducing auto emissions and supporting its goal to have 300,000 zero-emission vehicles on the road by 2025. Over the course of the program, Potomac Edison will install 59 charging stations, including 20 fast-charging stations, across its territory in Maryland.
In March, FirstEnergy’s subsidiary JCP&L filed a petition with the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities seeking approval for its own EV Driven program. If approved, the program would offer incentives and rate structures to support the development of charging infrastructure across JCP&L’s service territory to accelerate the adoption of EVs.