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Plug-in NC Ambassador Spotlight: Rob Howard

Rob Howard became a Plug-in NC ambassador in 2019 and is a long-time advocate for the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) in North Carolina. He is a licensed general contractor and a building science lecturer at Appalachian State University. One of his current projects is located in his hometown of Granite Falls, North Carolina, where he is developing a net-zero…

March 9, 2022

Electric Transportation in North Carolina: A Recap of 2021 and Look at 2022

2021 was a huge year for electric transportation in North Carolina. Drivers got their hands on legitimate long-range electric vehicles (EVs), such as the Volkswagen (VW) ID.4 and Ford Mustang Mach-E, and preordered exciting new ones, including the Ford F-150 Lightning and Hyundai Ioniq 5. We also saw large increases in public charging across the state, with DC fast charge…

February 5, 2022
January 27, 2022

Electric Vehicle Battery Reuse and Recycling

Electric vehicles (EVs) are starting to take off in the market, increasing from 17,000 globally in 2010 to 8.5 million through 2020 to possibly 145 million by 2030. That same year, EV sales are expected to rise to 26 million. The growth of EVs and automakers’ electric commitments sets an exciting, but uncharted, path ahead. One uncertainty concerns the fate…

January 25, 2022

How DC Fast Charging Works

Direct current (DC) fast charging is critical for long-distance electric vehicle (EV) travel and for the continued growth of EV adoption, but how does it work? EV batteries store what’s known as DC power, while the electric grid supplies alternating current (AC) power. When you use Level 1 or Level 2 charging, your EV receives AC power that must be…

January 20, 2022

Plug-in NC Ambassador Spotlight: Rich Pacetti

We’re excited to bring back Plug-in NC Ambassador Spotlights in 2022! This year, we’ll be highlighting Plug-in NC’s go-to advocates for electric vehicles (EVs) as we share their stories and expertise. First up is Rich Pacetti. For as long as Rich can remember, he has been fascinated with cars. He studied electrical engineering and mathematics at Duke University and later…

January 4, 2022

DC Fast Charging Is Growing in Eastern North Carolina

Eastern North Carolina is a popular destination for locals and out-of-towners alike, and it’s becoming easier to visit by electric vehicle (EV). Over the past year, electric utilities, including Duke Energy, North Carolina’s electric cooperatives and municipally owned electric utilities, have helped fill gaps by installing DC fast charge stations in key spots throughout the region, with more slated to…

December 15, 2021

Member Spotlight: Lake James State Park

Lake James State Park, located about 50 miles from Asheville, offers a family-friendly trip for outdoor lovers in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Travelers from throughout the state and beyond can enjoy more than 150 miles of shoreline at the lake and a range of activities while charging up their electric vehicle (EV) for their next destination. “I’m happy that we…

November 16, 2021
A electric vehicle charging in the North Carolina mountains

EV Adventure: The Mountains are Calling

Maybe it’s the idyllic scenery or the charming towns; the great food and drinks (craft beer, anyone?) or the public art; or the countless opportunities for outdoor adventure. Western North Carolina has something for everyone, and it’s no surprise that it draws so many visitors from both in and out of state. If you’re venturing to the region in an…

October 21, 2021

NC State’s SolarPack Team Goes Racing for the First Time

NC State’s SolarPack team has a lot to be proud of. In August, for the first time, they got their solar-powered electric car onto the course of the Formula Sun Grand Prix (FSGP), an annual three-day track competition taking place this year in Topeka, Kansas, and a premier race for U.S. collegiate solar car efforts. Since 2016, SolarPack has been promoting energy-efficient transportation by…

October 13, 2021

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