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STATEWIDE — The state is paying utility companies across the state to install electric vehicle charging stations all over Indiana.

This week Indiana has announced it is going to spend $5.5 dollars from its share of the Volkswagen emissions cheating settlement to jumpstart electric vehicle infrastructure.

The idea is to eventually have enough charging stations so electric vehicle drivers don’t have to worry about running out of power if they drive across the state.

Duke Energy, NIPSCO, and AES Indiana (formerly Indianapolis Power & Light), are the biggest utilities to sign-on to the program.

The plan is to have charging stations located strategically along many of Indiana’s major highways, such as I-65, I-69, I-70, I-64, and the I-465. U.S. 31 running north and south would also see charging stations.