Driving electric vehicle adoption

Adopt a Charger Installs EV Charging Stations in Madisonville, Louisiana

On July 8, 2024, Kitty Adams Hoksbergen, Executive Director at Adopt A Charger, announced the nonprofit installed new electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at the Maritime Museum in Madisonville, Louisiana. On her LinkedIn page, Hoksbergen said Cleco and Northshore Community Foundation sponsored the location.

EVinfo.net spoke with Hoksbergen about the tremendous achievement, bringing more EV charging to Louisiana.

“When people spot an EV driving down the road, they don’t automatically notice that the vehicle runs on electricity. The AHA moment happens when they see the car plugged in at places they like to go, and get to ask questions of the driver about the owner’s experience.” says Kitty Adams, Executive Director of Adopt a Charger, “I am grateful to the Northshore Community Foundation and Cleco for supporting Adopt a Chargers efforts to expand charging in the St. Tammany Parish. The charging stations at the Maritime Museum in Madisonville will enable EV tourism, and offer area residents another spot to charge their vehicles.”

Adopt a Charger Installs Public, Fee-free EV Chargers Sponsored by Corporations, Organizations, and Individuals

Adopt a Charger is a highly commendable and very well-respected nonprofit focused on promoting electric vehicle adoption by installing public, fee-free EV chargers. These chargers are sponsored by corporations, organizations, and individuals who donate funds for their installation and maintenance. By placing chargers in high-traffic areas like parks, museums, and beaches, Adopt a Charger aims to make EV charging more accessible and convenient, thereby encouraging more people to switch to electric vehicles and supporting sustainable transportation.

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Cleco Provides Sustainable, Clean and Safe Energy Solutions

Cleco’s commitment to sustainability and clean energy is impressive. By aiming to reduce carbon emissions by 60% by 2030 and achieve net zero by 2050, Cleco is a utility provider setting ambitious goals to help combat climate change and ensure a greener future. Their focus on renewable energy, electric vehicles, and decarbonization projects shows a clear dedication to innovation and environmental responsibility.

Cleco’s efforts to create a world-class utility customer experience indicate that they are not only focused on sustainability but also on meeting the evolving needs of their customers. This holistic approach is essential for fostering long-term relationships with customers and promoting widespread adoption of clean energy solutions.

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The Northshore Community Foundation is Dedicated to Fostering Community Engagement

The Northshore Community Foundation is committed to driving positive change by inspiring individuals to become a force for good. They focus on making it rewarding to contribute to positive change and enhance these efforts through collaboration and innovation.

Supporting those who actively work towards creating healthy, safe, and thriving communities, the foundation partners with individuals, companies, and organizations. They provide essential connections, tools, resources, and education to help these groups stay focused on their missions.

The foundation also emphasizes the importance of collaboration, fostering partnerships with individuals, organizations, and other foundations. They aim to address community challenges in innovative ways, bringing together diverse groups to create impactful solutions.

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Louisiana Ranked 48th in the Nation for Electric Vehicle (EV) Adoption in 2020

Drive Electric USA said: “Louisiana, as of Q1 of 2020, ranked 48th in the nation for electric vehicle (EV) adoption and is just as far behind in the implementation of advanced technology for electric vehicles, such as DC fast chargers.”

Louisiana has a long way to go before it can catch up to the adoption rate for the rest of the country. Drive Electric Louisiana (DELA) shared a roadmap for EVs in 2021, which is working with stakeholders to incentivize the adoption of electric vehicles. Thanks to efforts from forward thinking organizations such as Adopt a Charger, Cleco, and the Northshore Community Foundation, more EV charging is getting installed, which enables greater EV adoption in the state.

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California Leads the Way in US EV Adoption

California has established itself as the leading state for electric vehicle (EV) adoption in the U.S., achieving a 25% EV market share in 2023, according to Veloz, an EV industry nonprofit. This surge in eco-friendly transportation saw California drivers purchasing a record number of new EVs, marking a significant 29% increase from the previous year. The recent report from Veloz and the California Energy Commission highlights this shift in consumer preferences towards more sustainable driving options, indicating a major paradigm shift in the state’s transportation landscape. California accomplished this in a variety of ways, mostly through having the strongest incentives of any state. This serves as a shining example for other states, such as Louisiana, to follow California’s example and increase EV adoption in those states. EVinfo.net is very proud of our home state as the leader of the EV revolution and clean energy in America.