PEVs) in the Research Triangle Region are Leading the Way

Clean Tech Cluster Blog—Triangle Electric Vehicle Update

NC Solar Center

The state of North Carolina is fast becoming an early adopter of Plug-in Electric Vehicles (PEVs) and the Triangle region is leading the way. For the past year planning efforts through  a U.S. Dept of Energy Clean Cities grant, Plugging In from Mountains to Sea, the NC PEV Readiness Initiative, has been working across the state with multiple stakeholders, including representatives from the business sector, utilities, municipalities, interested citizens and economic development organizations.

What we've seen is not only an energetic deployment rate for PEVs but a growing linkage to a set of industries associated with PEV manufacturing, components and parts already located in the state.

Volt Charging StationThe Triangle area can boast with having 300 PEVs circulating on its roads, more than any other region in the state. There are also 63 electric charging sites in the area to help PEV drivers when not charging at home. In one location alone the state departments of Environment and Natural Resources and Administration installed 39 electric car charging stations during the construction of the Green Square Complex in downtown Raleigh.

Kathy Boyer with the Triangle J Council of Governments and one of the authors of the Triangle Community Readiness Plan states, “The planning efforts in the Triangle and North Carolina as a whole will continue to keep us in a leadership position nationwide for EV deployment. As new PEV makes and models are developed by OEMs, North Carolina will be on the map as an ideal location for deployment. In addition, the policies and standards recommended in the plans will allow us to provide quick and accessible EVSE installation processes for residents and businesses alike.”

The N.C. Solar Center’s Clean Transportation Program, a key player with the NC PEV Taskforce, led the Incentives and Economic Development Working Group. An important product resulting from this working group is a list of the 63 PEV-related industries located in North Carolina with most of them clustered in the Triangle. Later this fall, the N.C. Solar Center together with Advanced Energy and Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition will be releasing the NC PEV Readiness Plan, a road-map for helping communities across the state get ready for this technology sector.  

EV Charging Stations in the Triangle  Region

   

County

Public Sites

Public Level2 EVSE

Public Level1 EVSE

Private Sites

Private Level2 EVSE

Private Level1 EVSE

Wake

43

78

24

15

44

21

Durham

8

17

 

8

27

12

Orange

5

17

 

 

 

 

Johnston

3

2

24

 

 

 

Lee

2

2

 

2

5

 

Chatham

1

2

 

 

 

 

Moore

1

1

 

1

1

 

TOTAL

63

119

48

26

77

 

Author: Anne Tazewell, Clean Transportation Manager at the North Carolina Solar Center

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