Surry-Yadkin EMC (SYEMC) recently joined other co-ops around the state in offering electric vehicle charging capability in its service territory, as well as a special EV rate and rebate for eligible members. The co-op worked with the Elkin Fairfield Inn to install four AC Level Two electric vehicle chargers. An electric vehicle can receive a full charge in about 3.5 hours.
“The recent growth in the electric vehicle marketplace has signaled the beginning of a new era for consumers and for the electric utility industry,” said SYEMC Executive Vice President and General Manager Greg Puckett. “In 1940, Surry-Yadkin EMC was founded to meet a need that existed in our rural communities. Market growth created a need for charging stations in rural areas, and this project reinforces our continued commitment to the community.”
The Elkin Fairfield Inn is located off Interstate 77 in the Yadkin Valley, a busy thoroughfare for tourists and potential EV drivers. Hotel General Manager Michael Wilson is hopeful that adding EV chargers will help attract visitors to the area, and more specifically to his hotel. As the selection of EVs continues to increase and prices become more affordable, he expects to see more of them on the road in the Yadkin Valley.
The EV chargers are one of many steps Wilson has taken to meet the energy needs of the hotel and its guests. He and his staff encourage energy efficiency, and they recently made the switch to LED lights for Christmas trees and other decorations on display throughout the holidays.
SYEMC also recently launched an EV Time-of-Day Rate available to members who own plug-in electric vehicles. The co-op also is offering a $500 rebate for the first 10 members who purchase a plug-in electric vehicle and switch to the new rate in 2018. Members who choose the option will receive a significant discount during off-peak hours and an even bigger savings during the new “super off-peak” hours from 10 p.m. – 5 a.m., seven days a week. Energy use during on-peak hours will be significantly more expensive.