NEWTON, NC – With more and more electric cars humming on our roads, it’s vital that more charging stations become more readily available. Thanks to a grant from the North Carolina Department of Transportation in conjunction with the North Carolina State University Solar Center, seven new stations are planned to rollout on the road ahead.
Six double pedestal GE DurastationTM electric charging stations will be installed in the following NC Public Power Communities: Edenton, Newton, Tarboro, Smithfield and Wake Forest. (Wake Forest will install two stations.) A seventh charging station will be located at ElectriCities of North Carolina in Raleigh.
The City of Newton in partnership with Catawba County will offer the electric charging station at the Newton Branch of the Catawba County Public Library, 115 West C Street. The charging station will be installed at the end of August 2014.
“As the popularity of electric vehicles grows, having charging stations in public places gives communities an economic and environmental one-two punch,” said Phil Bisesi, ElectriCities’ Residential Energy Services Supervisor. “First, these stations provide drivers an incentive to come into town where they can easily charge up while shopping, sightseeing or dining. And ultimately drive longer distances. Second, because electric cars don’t pollute as much as gas-powered cars, they’re much better for our state’s overall air quality.”
The grant was awarded through the North Carolina Solar Center Clean Fuel Advanced Technology Project. ElectriCities was awarded $59, 892 to help pay for the charging stations. In addition to the seven charging stations, money from the grant will be used to help purchase two 2014 Chevy Volts. ElectriCities and the Town of Smithfield will each buy a vehicle; Smithfield expects to buy their Volt in July and ElectriCities plans their purchase in January 2015. Officials from each organization will use the cars for business. What’s more, both cars will display decals and/or project signage provided by NCSC and will be part of the NC Smart Fleet initiative.
To learn more about how NCSC, ElectriCities, NC Public Power communities, the NC Department of Transportation and others are working together to help diversify fuel supplies and support cleaner, more vibrant local and state economies, visit cleantransportation.org today.