Please join Piedmont Electric Cooperative for a ribbon-cutting to celebrate Carrboro's first DC fast-charging station located at the Carrboro Plaza. Our continued support of electric vehicles is part of the Brighter Future initiative, a pledge made by all of North Carolina’s 26 electric co-ops to reduce carbon dioxide emissions 50 percent by 2030 and have net zero carbon emissions by 2050.
This past week, Piedmont Electric Cooperative unveiled a new electric vehicle (EV) DC fast-charging station at the Carrboro Plaza. North Carolina's electric cooperatives, including Piedmont Electric, are working to create a statewide network of EV charging stations, enabling the increased adoption of EV technology. DC fast-chargers provide the quickest charge available and can charge a depleted electric vehicle’s battery to 80 percent capacity in less than 30 minutes.
Cooperatives primarily serve members in rural locations, and their expanding charging network fills gaps in charging infrastructure in rural and tourist-visited areas, creating environmental and economic benefits for communities.
Piedmont Electric applied for and was awarded a grant to fund the chargers as part of a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency settlement with Volkswagen. The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality awarded eight North Carolina electric cooperatives, including Piedmont Electric, approximately $700,000 in VW settlement funding to install high-speed EV charging stations in rural and suburban communities throughout the state. In addition, the Town of Carrboro provided secondary funding to see this project come to fruition.
The NC electric co-ops’ charging network has now expanded to nearly 70 charging stations, with more than 100 charging ports across the state. To learn more about our EV charging network and how Piedmont Electric supports members in accessing the benefits of EVs, including rebates and special rates, visit NCDriveElectric.com/piedmont-electric.