Electric vehicles (EVs) are becoming increasingly popular in Alabama, with more drivers looking to make the switch from gas to electric cars. However, some are hesitant about EV ownership due to concerns over access to charging stations. The good news is that there are a growing number of affordable and convenient EV charging options across the state. Here is an overview of affordable electric car charging stations in Alabama’s major cities:
As Alabama’s largest city, Birmingham offers several affordable charging choices for EV drivers. The Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport has 6 Level 2 charging stations in its parking deck that are free to use for the first 2 hours. The airport also has 2 DC fast charging stations with reasonable rates.
Several hotels in downtown Birmingham provide free Level 2 charging to guests such as the Westin Birmingham, Sheraton Birmingham, and Hyatt Regency Birmingham. The Hyatt Regency Birmingham has 6 charging stations available.
Birmingham also has over 70 public Level 2 charging ports available through ChargePoint, EVConnect, and other networks starting at around $1 per hour. These are located at shopping centers, restaurants, parks, and other convenient locations.
Home to NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville is an innovative city supporting the adoption of EVs. Huntsville Utilities offers a public charging program with over 60 Level 2 charging stations located throughout the city, with usage fees of $1 per hour.
Huntsville Hospital has free EV charging available in its parking deck with both Level 2 and DC fast charging options. Several downtown hotels also provide free Level 2 charging for guests including Home2 Suites Huntsville and Hilton Home2 Suites.
Additional affordable charging can be found at community centers, churches, arts centers, and commercial locations across Huntsville starting at $1 per hour.
Alabama’s port city also has affordable charging choices. The Mobile Airport offers free Level 2 charging in its short-term parking lot along with two ChargePoint DC fast charging stations in the terminal parking lot with reasonable usage rates.
The Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel provides free charging for guests with Level 2 stations. Hampton Inn & Suites Mobile Downtown also offers free Level 2 charging.
Downtown Mobile has over 25 Level 2 public charging ports located in parking lots and garages with hourly rates starting at $1. The Mobile Alabama Cruise Terminal also has Level 2 chargers available in its parking area.
As the state capital, Montgomery has deployed initiatives to expand public EV infrastructure. The Montgomery Regional Airport has free Level 2 charging in its short-term parking lot.
The newly opened Kress on Dexter mixed-use development has a public charging hub with multiple Level 2 ports that can be accessed for just $1 per hour. The Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts also has Level 2 stations in its parking lot available for a small hourly fee.
Downtown Montgomery has over 35 public Level 2 charging ports located at various parking garages, lots, hotels, and businesses with rates starting around $1-$2 per hour on most networks.
Across its major cities, Alabama offers many affordable public charging options for EV drivers. With charging rates typically ranging from free up to $2 per hour on Level 2 stations, driving electric in Alabama can be very budget-friendly. The continued growth of EV adoption and infrastructure will only expand the charging accessibility for Alabama drivers.