“It’s National Drive Electric Week, and North Carolina’s electric cooperatives are demonstrating their continued commitment to promoting electric vehicles (EV), and their many benefits, with a $1 million investment in rural electric vehicle charging infrastructure across North Carolina.” That is from the NC Coop website.

“The funding will be used to install 21 charging stations, including 10 DC Fast chargers and 11 Level 2 chargers, in cooperative-served communities throughout the state by the end of the year. These stations will help further expand the existing electric cooperative EV charging network, which currently includes public charging stations at 30 locations.”  Here’s an explanation of Level 1 and 2 charging.

EV charging station, Holden Beach. Image: NC Coop.

Nationally it is the ninth annual National Drive Electric Week (NDEW) – September 14-22. A goal of the week is to get consumers to try out an EV. One survey says that about 60 percent of prospective car buyers may be interested in EVs.

The website for Plug-in America has a spot to put in a zip code to see what EV events are close by.

EVs can help reduce the use of petroleum in the US, and could reduce emissions into the air. That would take a critical mass of drivers using EVs, but also a good network of EV chargers. Thanks, NC Coops, for your help to move that along!

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Title image: Randolph EMC’s charging station at the N.C. Zoo. From NC Coop website.