BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — In anticipation of the growth of electric vehicles in East Baton Rouge Parish, Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome shares the City-Parish’s strategic plan to expand EV charging infrastructure Friday morning.

The federal government approved a $73 million plan for Louisiana to deploy 394 charging stations statewide in September. Applications for recipients to own, install and operate charging stations will begin to be accepted by the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) in early 2023.

Baton Rouge’s strategic plan for electric vehicle infrastructure targets four categories — charging infrastructure, municipal fleet, outreach and awareness, and partnership and funding. The plan outlines eight strategies:

  1. Expand charging infrastructure at locations owned by City-Parish
  2. Encourage and incentivize privately owned charging infrastructure across the City-Parish
  3. Support long-term planning around placement of EV charging infrastructure
  4. Transition municipal fleet to zero-emission vehicles
  5. Update policies and procedures to address electric vehicles in the fleet
  6. Develop outreach materials and support events that provide information about EVs
  7. Leverage partnerships and programs for monetary or in-kind support of transportation electrification
  8. Encourage companies that provide new mobility options to deploy in Baton Rouge

”This strategy will help make electric vehicles more accessible and sustainable for our community. Supporting EV technology is critical to reducing emissions, improving our air quality, and building a more climate resilient community,” said Mayor Broome.

By becoming a regional leader in electric vehicle infrastructure, the City-Parish hopes to attract and keep people in the area, according to the strategic plan. The City-Parish wants to focus on installing EV chargers in areas with high concentrations of renter-occupied housing such as downtown, LSU, and North Baton Rouge.

The plan states a total of 462 electric vehicles were registered in East Baton Rouge Parish out of 3,065 statewide in 2021. To meet the state’s climate action plan goals of having 250 chargers per 100,000 residents by 2050, the parish would need to have 1,125 charging stations, according to DOTD data.