Co-ops Highlight Electric Vehicle Charging & Tourism During National Drive Electric Week

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National Drive Electric Week is Sept. 8-16, and North Carolina’s electric cooperatives are putting in a plug for both electric vehicles (EVs) and cooperative communities by highlighting the expanding network of EV charging stations in the diverse, rural communities they serve. By working together to fill charging station gaps in North Carolina’s non-urban areas, electric cooperatives are encouraging greater EV adoption, which ultimately promotes environmental stewardship and supports commerce and tourism in all areas of the state.

Electric Vehicle charging station in front of water tower that reads "Welcome to Holden Beach"

EV charging station located at Holden Beach.

“Electric cooperatives serve 45 percent of North Carolina’s land mass and 93 of its 100 counties from the mountains to the coast, and our communities are home to a diverse array of interesting places to explore,” said Diane Huis, senior vice president of innovation and business development for North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives. “By investing in rural charging infrastructure, we can encourage the environmental and cost-savings benefits of EVs while also drawing people and economic opportunity to the areas we serve.”

Every major route in the state traverses cooperative-served areas, providing ample opportunity to deploy charging stations in rural communities, as well as at or along the way to tourist destinations.

Electric vehicle charging station in the parking lot of the Mad Boar restaurant in Wallace.

DC Fast Charger at the Mad Boar Restaurant off I-40 in Wallace.

To give a few examples, Randolph EMC recently opened four new charging stations at the N.C. Zoo, which is one of the state’s most visited attractions. Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative also just debuted two charging stations on Hatteras Island along the state’s Outer Banks, Brunswick Electric has charging stations in six beach communities in its service area and Four County EMC has a station just off I-40 on the way to and from the coast. In the west, Blue Ridge Energy has helped install charging stations in the idyllic mountain towns of West Jefferson and Blowing Rock, as well as in Lenoir.

Electric vehicle with "Blue Ridge Energy" on the side parked in front of a scenic mountain view.

Exploring the high country by EV.

 Follow along on social media during National Drive Electric Week (#NDEW2018) to learn more about co-op communities throughout North Carolina and their EV charging stations. Posts will be shared by the cooperatives throughout the week on Facebook and Twitter using #EVlife and #CoopInnovation. Cooperative members, EV drivers and others are also encouraged to share posts highlighting EVs and co-op communities using these hashtags.

There are currently 30 co-op charging stations at 23 locations across the state:

Blue Ridge Energy Blowing Rock, Lenoir, West Jefferson
Brunswick Electric Brunswick Forest, Calabash, Holden Beach, Ocean Isle Beach, Shallotte, Sunset Beach
Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative Hatteras Village, Rodanthe
EnergyUnited Lexington, Statesville
Four County EMC Wallace
Lumbee River EMC Raeford
Piedmont Electric Hillsborough
Randolph EMC N.C. Zoo in Asheboro
Surry-Yadkin EMC Dobson, Elkin
Wake Electric Louisburg, Wake Forest, Youngsville