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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

Plug-in NC Member Spotlight: Sanderling Resort

Imagine planning your next vacation. You find a luxurious resort that offers a combination of adventurous and rejuvenating experiences. You book your trip and begin to pack when suddenly you realize that you forgot one minor detail — you plan to drive your electric car but didn’t look up places to charge. With Sanderling Resort, you won’t have to worry.…

September 8, 2021

Plug-in NC’s 2021 Summit Celebrates the Past and Drives EVs Forward

On August 27, 2021, Plug-in NC hosted its 2021 Summit, an annual event focused on progressing electric transportation in North Carolina through education and networking. This year, in honor of Plug-in NC’s 10th anniversary, the summit took a drive down memory lane to celebrate the accomplishments of the past decade and then looked ahead to future developments. With a record-breaking…

September 3, 2021

EV Adventure: Plugging In to the Piedmont

In the 1800s, the North Carolina Railroad efficiently carried passengers and freight throughout the Piedmont region, helping it become a hub of industry and technology. Today, another form of efficient transportation is taking hold: electric vehicles (EVs). The region is quickly becoming a hot spot of EV design and development. EV startup Arrival chose Charlotte for one of its “microfactories”…

August 30, 2021

Plug-in NC: A Decade of Driving Electric

Our story begins in 2011, when the electric vehicle (EV) landscape in North Carolina was still a dream on the horizon. Though talk had been circling for a few years, it was time to act. A group of pioneers united under a shared goal to promote EVs in our state and launched the North Carolina Plug-in Electric Vehicle (NC PEV)…

August 23, 2021

Plug-in NC Makes Progress on Specialty License Plate Campaign

For the third straight year, Plug-in NC is working to get North Carolina a specialty license plate to help spread awareness of electric vehicles (EVs). If approved, the plate would exist alongside other popular specialty designs, such as the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, Friends of the Smokies and Save the Honey Bee. For a new full-background specialty plate to be…

July 12, 2021

EV Adventure: Charging Up Along the Coast

As the weather gets warmer, many of us have the beach on our minds. For drivers of electric vehicles (EVs), escaping to the North Carolina coast is becoming more convenient. Whether you’re planning a brief getaway or a longer road trip, you’ll find plenty of options to plug in thanks to expanding charging infrastructure from your local electric cooperatives and…

July 6, 2021

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