The NC PEV Readiness Plans are Here!

The NC Plug-In Electric Vehicle (PEV) Readiness Plans were created through the NC PEV Readiness Initiative: Plugging in from Mountains to Sea

Communities across the state of North Carolina are getting ready to embrace the “vehicles of tomorrow” today! The NC PEV Readiness Initiative: Plugging in from Mountains to Sea is a planning project allowing for the creation of a state-wide plug-in electric vehicle readiness plan and four local plans in the metropolitan areas of the Greater Asheville, Charlotte, Piedmont Triad and Triangle communities.

The North Carolina PEV Readiness Plans were supported through the NC PEV Readiness Initiative: Plugging in from Mountains to Sea (M2S) planning project with funding provided by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities Program through Centralina Council of Governments. Project collaborators include: Advanced Energy, Land-of-Sky Regional Council, NC Solar Center/NC State University, Piedmont Triad Regional Council, & Triangle J Council of Governments.

NC PEV Roadmap (state-wide plan)

Created through the NC PEV Taskforce and project collaborators of the Mountains to Sea Initiative.

Focus areas of the NC PEV Roadmap were explored in the five working groups of the NC PEV Taskforce:

  • Vehicles
  • Infrastructure
  • Incentives and Economic Development
  • Education and Outreach
  • Policies, Codes and Standards
Key Findings from the NC PEV Roadmap

  • Records from the NC Department of Motor Vehicles revealed more than 700 PEVs are registered in North Carolina as of August 2012 and estimates from the Electric Power Research Institute indicate there will be more than 750,000 PEVs on the road by 2030!
  • Data collected through the Infrastructure Working Group show there are 350 public and 170 private charging stations in North Carolina.
  • An analysis of PEV incentives, including a survey of fleet managers provides recommendations on the types of incentives beneficial for North Carolina.
  • Review of policies, codes and standards, includes recommendations for updates to local zoning ordinances, municipal codes, historic districts, sign requirements; encroachment agreement processes, and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
  • Education and Outreach needs were addressed through identifying target audiences and key messaging.

Community PEV Readiness Plans

Created in the Greater Asheville, Charlotte, Piedmont Triad and Triangle Regions.
Each community plan addressed PEV readiness by exploring key focus areas through a structured stakeholder involvement process. Throughout plan development, the NC PEV Taskforce served as an outlet to allow for the community and statewide planning efforts to share information at the quarterly Taskforce meetings.
Unique findings were identified in each of the communities. These unique findings are highlighted in the description of the plans below.

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