ALLENTOWN, Pa. - PPL Corp. has joined a national coalition to promote a network of rapid-charging stations for electric vehicles.
The Allentown-based electricity supplier is now one of 17 members of the Electric Highway Coalition, a group that will combat what is sometimes called "range anxiety" -- the fear that a vehicle will not reach its destination. Industry analysts have said driver concern about being stranded with dead batteries has been an impediment to EV sales.
"Joining the Electric Highway Coalition is part of our commitment to advance a cleaner energy future and drive innovation that, collectively, enables us to achieve net-zero emissions," PPL Chief Executive Officer Vince Sorgi said in a statement.
The Electric Highway Coalition was formed in March. Its members are working toward making fast chargers available on major highways. PPL's three utility companies -- Louisville Gas and Electric, Kentucky Utilities and PPL Electric Utilities -- will work with the coalition to promote a "seamless network" of fast-charging EV stations.
"The Electric Highway Coalition is an unprecedented commitment of the industry to support the future of electric transportation" and battle range anxiety," Sorgi said.
Creating a network of charging stations will require a huge investment nationally. A group of U.S. representatives has proposed spending $85 billion on charging technology, and President Joe Biden has set a goal of EVs accounting for 50% of passenger car sales by 2030.
PPL is also moving toward using electric vehicles for its own fleet. The company's goal is to reduce emission of greenhouse gas from its operations to net zero by 2050.