Chattanooga gets $4.57 million federal grant for EV management system

Staff photo / An "EVGO" electric vehicle charging station is seen outside of the Chattanooga Choo Choo on Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021 in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Chattanooga was awarded a $4.57 million federal grant Wednesday for an integrated, smart transportation management system for electric vehicles so drivers can find charging stations.

Mina Sartipi - director of the Center for Urban Informatics and Progress, one of the city's partners in the project - said she was excited to learn about the grant, especially since matching funds from municipal and industry partners bring the total investment to $9.2 million.

"This is a three-year plan," Sartipi, a graduate-level faculty member at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's College of Engineering and Computer Science, said Wednesday in a phone interview. "This will make Chattanooga the largest urban test bed for smart transportation."

Chattanooga's system, dubbed the End-to-End Decision Support System for Integrated Smart Electric Grid and Transportation System Management, will accelerate the deployment of clean transportation, according to Sartipi and federal officials.