The Research Triangle community in North Carolina, recognized as a national leader in Plug-in Electric Vehicle (PEV) readiness, includes the major cities of Raleigh, Durham, Cary and Chapel Hill –all which have made great strides towards accelerating consumer adoption of PEVs. From Raleigh’s Comprehensive Plan, calling for the promotion of PEVs and charging stations within the city’s fleet and for consumer use, to Durham’s adoption of an Electric Vehicle and Charging Station Plan, which establishes specific goals and implementation strategies for PEV adoption, the Research Triangle area is considered one of the “hot spots” for PEVs. In fact, the Electric Power Research Institute estimates this region will have more than 18,500 cumulative PEV sales by 2020, more than other parts of N.C. and the U.S.
Advanced Energy and the Triangle J Council of Governments are currently developing the first Community-wide PEV Readiness Plan, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy through the Centralina Council of Governments. This plan focuses on:
- Economic development, including expansion of the PEV industry in the State
- Environmental benefits, consisting of reduced dependence on fossil fuels and improved local air quality
- Updating local policy to encourage and not constrain adoption of PEVs.
Please visit www.advancedenergy.org