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A Utility’s Perspective: Planning, Deployment and Lessons Learned for Medium- & Heavy-Duty Vehicle Electrification

It’s an exciting time for medium- and heavy-duty electric vehicles (EVs) in the Southeast. To name just a few developments, North Carolina will be receiving new electric transit and school buses through the Volkswagen Settlement; South Carolina was recently chosen by vehicle manufacturer Arrival to house its first U.S. “microfactory”; and in Virginia, Dominion Energy’s electric school bus pilot is…

October 23, 2020

Jacob and Wattson Reflect on Plug-in NC’s National Drive Electric Week Road Trip

From Sunday, September 27, through Saturday, October 3, Jacob Bolin, Plug-in NC’s program manager, and Wattson, Plug-in NC’s trusty Chevrolet Bolt EV, toured eastern North Carolina and Virginia. The duo visited 12 charging stations along their 1,245-mile trip that took them down to Wilmington, over to the Outer Banks and then up into the home of our northern neighbors. The…

October 21, 2020

Getting to Know Our Driver

With our National Drive Electric Week road trip rapidly approaching, we wanted to share a bit about our fearless leader and driver, Jacob Bolin. Let’s check in to learn more! PINC: Can you tell us a bit about yourself? JB: Well, I think we should start with the most important thing first — I am a lover of the road…

September 14, 2020

Purchasing and Policy Considerations of Electric Vehicles for Organizations, Fleets and Municipalities

On the heels of North Carolina’s Volkswagen Settlement Phase 1 award announcements, the second webinar in our three-part series with the state’s Clean Cities Coalitions shed light on electric vehicle (EV) purchasing and policy considerations for organizations, fleets and municipalities. The event featured Bill Eaker, senior environmental planner at the Land of Sky Regional Council of Governments and coordinator of…

September 7, 2020

Range Anxiety, Fuel Comparison and Efficiency Lingo

Despite continued progress in driving range, battery technology and charging station availability, a primary concern among prospective electric vehicle (EV) drivers remains range anxiety, or the fear of getting stranded after running out of a charge. While some of the early entrants to the EV market could travel only relatively short distances, that has quickly changed. Today, most new EVs…

August 20, 2020

Electric Transit and School Bus Initiatives in the Southeast

The medium- and heavy-duty vehicle market offers tremendous potential for electrification, and cities, schools, utilities and other organizations are noticing. A new three-part webinar series from the Clean Cities Coalitions of North Carolina and Plug-in NC is highlighting the electric opportunities in this segment of transportation. The opening webinar, “Electric Transit and School Bus Initiatives in the Southeast,” focused on…

July 28, 2020

The Perks of Driving on Sunshine

No matter where or when they are charged, electric vehicles (EVs) are cleaner than gasoline cars. Using electricity from the electric power grid, though, is associated with some emissions. For a truly emissions-free experience, many EV owners are turning to renewable energy to charge their vehicles. According to one 2019 survey, more than 30% of U.S. EV drivers have solar…

July 24, 2020

Charging Up at Home

Although the financial, environmental and performance benefits of electric vehicles (EVs) often get the most attention, another perk is their convenience. What if, rather than having to stop at a gas station on your way home from work or an errand, you could wake up every day with your car ready to go. For many EV drivers, that’s precisely what…

July 23, 2020

Electric Transit Buses in North Carolina

Electric buses are continuing to emerge in North Carolina. As of 2020, nine transit systems spanning cities, organizations and universities across the state have added or will soon add the technology to their fleets. This transition from diesel to electric for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles comes with impactful environmental and health benefits as well as long-term savings. To learn about…

June 24, 2020

Beneficial Buses: Electric Buses Bring Benefits to Businesses, Communities and Utilities

Transportation electrification is continuing to expand as more medium- and heavy-duty vehicles enter the market. Electric buses in particular — both transit and school buses — are hitting roads across the country as cities, schools, airports and other large organizations add them to their fleets. These buses provide a unique set of benefits to the organizations purchasing them, the communities…

June 24, 2020

Plug-in NC Ambassador Spotlight: Dave Erb

Plug-in NC is excited to talk with ambassador and electric vehicle (EV) enthusiast Dave Erb for this quarter’s Ambassador Spotlight. Dave is an automotive engineer who spent the majority of his career in academia, and he recently retired from UNC Asheville as a mechatronic engineering professor. Starting out as a consultant and a test and development engineer in the heavy…

June 16, 2020

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