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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

NC State’s Grounds Services Team Is Cleanly and Quietly Maintaining Campus

In 2018, NC State University’s Grounds Services team, which performs a variety of landscaping work around campus, decided to give electric equipment a try. It started by purchasing battery-powered string trimmers and has since added riding mowers, chainsaws, leaf blowers and more. We reached out to Jeff Del Pinal, grounds program manager, to learn more about the group’s efforts. 1)…

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