MGE Joins National Electric Highway Coalition
Our regulated utility subsidiary, Madison Gas and Electric (MGE), has joined the National Electric Highway Coalition, a collaboration between the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) and about 50 member organizations committed to providing electric vehicle (EV) fast chargers along major U.S. travel corridors by the end of 2023. Electrifying transportation is key to reducing carbon emissions.
EEI projects that, by 2030, EVs will make up more than 27% of annual light-duty vehicle sales in the United States. According to EEI, its membership of investor-owned electric companies have invested more than $3 billion in customer programs and projects to deploy EV charging infrastructure and to accelerate electric transportation. The organization estimates that more than 100,000 EV fast-charging ports will be needed to support the projected 22 million EVs expected on U.S. roads in 2030.
"Electrification is a key strategy for achieving our goal of net-zero carbon electricity by 2050. Quick and easy EV charging along major transportation corridors in the U.S. will help to enable the growth of cleaner, more sustainable transportation options," said Debbie Branson, MGE Manager of Electrification. "MGE’s new fast-charger hub on East Washington Avenue in downtown Madison and other fast chargers located near Highway 12 and at the Dane County Airport are part of our ongoing efforts to help EV drivers charge quickly and conveniently."
MGE's EV Fast-Charger Hub
EV fast-charger hub in Madison's Capitol East District
MGE's fast-charging hub, located in Madison's Capitol East District at South Livingston Street and East Washington Avenue, will offer EV drivers convenient charging on the go. MGE's high-speed chargers at the hub will be some of the most powerful in the region. Tesla also has installed several Superchargers, which are currently operational. The hub is expected to be fully operational by the end of 2021.
The hub was built to help meet the fueling needs of EV drivers who do not have access to charging stations where they live at nearby apartments and condos. It also supports businesses with EVs, including ridesharing and taxi fleets, and its downtown location also supports commuting and long-distance travel.
MGE continues to advance electric transportation in a variety of ways, including by expanding our public charging network, launching innovative customer programs like Charge@Home and setting a goal of 100% all-electric or plug-in hybrid light-duty vehicles by 2030.