Electric Vehicle Projects in Kentucky

Kentucky Utilities/KCFC Partnership

In 2012, Kentucky Utilities Company (KU) offered $250,000 in grant funding for acquisition of plug-in electric vehicles in fleets owned by governmental and quasi-governmental bodies. Read more.


– KY Division of Water (two vehicles, one charger)
– KY Division of Air Quality (two vehicles, one charger)
– Louisville Metropolitan Government (one vehicle, one charger)
– University of Louisville (two vehicles)
– KY Division of Fleet Management (two vehicles, one charger)
– LFUCG (one vehicle, one charger)


University of Louisville Vehicle Deployment and Research


In September 2011, the University of Louisville installed 6 Level II Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations in the Floyd Street garage. The General Electric (GE) DuraStation charging stations were procured by the university to help promote electric vehicle research.

In 2014, the University of Louisville (UofL) became the first U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Workplace Charging Challenge (WCC) partner in the state of Kentucky. The Workplace Charging Challenge program aims to achieve a tenfold increase in the number of U.S. employers offering workplace charging in the next five years. View press release here

University of Louisville’s Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) doctoral student, Nick Jewell has been using an algorithm he developed to predict the peak demand time of electricity usage on the UofL campus and remotely turn off the charging stations during this critical, cost sensitive time period. View UofL EV Research


Transit Authority of River City


TARC’s new ZeroBus is a fast-charging, all-electric bus that produces zero emissions. It’s a sleek, clean, and quiet way to get around. And with 10 new ZeroBus vehicles coming to Louisville, our city will have one of the largest fleets of this kind in the country. These vehicles will be in the spotlight as they travel around downtown, stopping frequently near work sites and popular destinations including concerts, museums, and big-time college sports events.

The ZeroBus is powered by batteries located under the bus floor. The ZeroBus can travel for up to two hours and fully recharge on route in less than 10 minutes. It recharges automatically by connecting to an overhead system that links to a high-capacity charger.

TARC All Electric Bus UnveilingThe ZeroBus vehicles travel in downtown circulator routes in place of the outdated trolleys – the highest polluting vehicles now in TARC’s fleet. Like the trolleys, they will arrive at stops frequently and all rides will be fare-free. The ZeroBus will also be the new mode of transportation for the popular Republic Bank First Friday Trolley Hop on Main, Market and Fourth streets. Visit TARC here.

MotorWeek TV interviews TARC Executive Director, Barry Barker, in downtown Louisville about electric bus.