One of the first electric vehicle charging stations at a North Carolina rest area was unveiled this week in Alamance County near Burlington.
WHQR’s Sara Wood reports the station is one of 20 showing up throughout the state, though not in Southeastern North Carolina.
A grant totaling almost $250,000 from the State Department of Commerce enabled Raleigh-based Praxis Technologies to place stations in key markets around the state, including another rest area at the I-40/I-95 junction near Benson in Johnston County. The stations are classified as “Level 2” meaning they can fully charge cars in 6-7 hours. The stations run through the use of solar canopies to supply power and there is no cost to drivers. In Wilmington, Terral Brown of Capital Nissan says in the last 6 months of initial Leaf sales, 5 have been sold. He says as charging stations start to become prominent in the area, sales are expected to grow. As it stands now, most local electric car owners have special adapters they plug into their home wall outlets that fully charge the vehicle in 8 hours.