Electric Vehicle Projects in Kentucky

Electrify America

Through the Volkswagen Settlement, $2 billion was allocated to promote the use of zero emissions vehicle technology across the country by creating Electrify America program. Over a ten year period ending 2027, Electrify America will invest the funds over four 30 month cycles. The first cycle of investment (currently active, ending June 2019) will establish a network of non-proprietary electric vehicle chargers at over 650 community-based sites and nearly 300 highway sites across the country. The second cycle recommendations were due March 1, 2018 for the period of July 2019 to December 2021. The Electrify America program has begun installing DC fast chargers. The first charger in Kentucky was installed in Bowling Green, KY at the Corvette Museum. The map of locations is available on their website. (Visit https://www.electrifyamerica.com/ for more information.)

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.

Hybrid Horsepower for Kentucky Schools

hybridbuslogoThe Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition and partners replaced 156 aging diesel school buses across Kentucky with new hybrid-electric school buses with an average of 35% greater fuel efficiency.

Federal and state funding of approximately $28 million provided the incremental cost of the hybrid system to Kentucky school districts ordering new buses through the Hybrid Horsepower for Kentucky Schools project.  The project has collectively saved almost 200,000 gallons of fuel and saved school districts over $700,000.  These fuel savings are expected to continue over the fourteen year life span of the vehicles.

The purpose of the four year project was to provide real world performance data and engage and educate diverse stakeholders from industry, school systems, and the community.  Bus procurement ran from 2009-2011, mileage and fuel data were tracked from 2010-2013, and education and engagement was ongoing from project implementation in mid-2009 to project completion in December 2013.

The project resulted in a large publicly available dataset tracking the monthly mileage and fuel used by each hybrid bus across a variety of topographies and urban and rural routes; multi-disciplinary hybrid-electric school bus elementary and secondary education curricula; training programs for first responders, drivers, and technicians; and real life bus and hybrid system performance experience that can be leveraged by manufacturers to improve future performance.

The Hybrid Horsepower for Kentucky Schools project was funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and the Kentucky Department of Education.  It was executed in partnership with the Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition, Eaton, ThomasBuilt Bus, International Bus, and the National Energy Education Development (NEED) project.  A project summary report (pdf) can be downloaded here.