New Program Could Mean More EVs in N.C.
April 2, 2019—North Carolina may see an increase in electric vehicles and charging stations statewide following a proposal by Duke Energy in Charlotte. According to WFAE 90.7, Duke Energy has proposed a $76 million program that would result in the addition of 2,500 public and private electric vehicle stations statewide in efforts to promote electric vehicle usage.
The program was filed with the North Carolina Utilities Commision, the station reports, where it allegedly includes rebates for residential and consumer customers who install private charging stations, as well as about $2 million to install more than 800 public charging stations across the state.
Additionally, the company has pledged to help school districts pay for up to 85 electric school buses and charging stations for electric public transit buses.
“This initiative will help accelerate public and private EV [electrive vehicle] use while also reducing carbon emissions," Lang Reynolds, Duke’s director of Electrification Strategy, said in a news release. The company is asking the North Carolina Utilities Commission to approve the program within two months.