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East Baton Rouge Parish Announces Competitive EV Strategy

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Oct. 6, 2022—The East Baton Rouge Parish of Louisiana is stepping up its game to support electric vehicle infrastructructure. 

According to Business Report, a strategic plan has been made by the administration of Mayor Sharon Weston Broome. Broome is a member of the Democratic Party and is the mayor-president of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Weston Broome's administration said, according to Business Report, that this proposed plan gives the Parish an elevated chance at getting access to a share of the $7.5 billion federal dollars under the bipartisan infrastructure law. 

Proposed strategies in the plan are vast, and they stretch across four categories that include charging infrastructure, municipal fleets, outreach and awareness and partnerships and funding. The full Baton Rouge Electric Vehicle Strategic Plan can be viewed here

In the executive summary, the goals for the City-Parish are to take a methodical approach for the future of its transportation while supporting residents and community members and setting itself up to be competitive when it comes to achieving grant-funded opportunities. 

Some key takeaways from the plan include: Expanding charging infrastructure with proposed strategies that revolve around long-term charging infrastructure plans as well as the implementation of a downtown parking lot with space for 20 EV chargers under a $700,000 allocation. The plan also aims to familiarize the City-Parish staff with EV training through pilot programs, and work to transition the municipal fleet to zero-emission vehicles.

The plan also outlines performing outreach to the community about EV-related information, and supporting educational EV-centered events. This could also include working with external stakeholders such as the Capital Region Planning Commission, Louisiana Clean Fuels, Entergy and the Electrification Coalition.

Additionally, the plan discusses the desire to make development code updates that would allow EV chargers in every zoning area. The plan also seeks to update current EV charging options throughout the City-Parish due to them being outdated. The plan suggests a request for proposal and working with a third-party vendor to update and maintain these stations. 

The work may be cut out for the East Baton Rouge Parish. The plan divulges current conditions as the area having a total of 47 Level 2 ports and 6 fast charging ports across the Parish, as of June 2022. The plan also reports that, as of 2021, there were 3,065 EVs registered in Louisiana. Out of that group, 462 were in the East Baton Rouge Parish.  

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