Popularity, opportunities growing for electric vehicles

Popularity, opportunities growing for electric vehicles

Mississippi Power’s Marketing Department is providing opportunities to learn more about electric vehicles and also making it a lot more convenient to charge them.

A Cars & Coffee event recently was held at Coffee Fusion in Ocean Springs where the public could learn more about EVs.

“We were able to meet with customers to help answer their questions, raise awareness and tout the benefits of driving electric,” said Mississippi Power analyst Meg Payment. “Electric vehicles remain a mystery to a lot of people, so this was an effective way of providing important information and spreading the word.”

Three cars were available for visitors to see: a Ford Fusion Energi, a Nissan Leaf and a BMW i8.

Sister utility Gulf Power has held similar events.

Mississippi Power has also partnered in the addition of EV charging stations, including the first Tesla Supercharger in south Mississippi at Bonita Lakes Mall in Meridian. These are the world’s fastest charging stations, capable of fully charging an EV in minutes instead of hours.

Meanwhile, the company worked with the Beau Rivage through the Tesla Destination Charging Program to install four chargers at the Biloxi resort.

“We are working with Tesla to identify other areas in our service territory that would be prime locations for charging stations,” Payment said. “Our company is committed to the expansion of emission-free electric vehicles. It’s just another way we provide value to our customers.”

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