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State unveils vehicle charging station at Alamance rest area

Posted January 11, 2012

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— North Carolina unveiled one of its first electric vehicle charging stations at a rest area in Alamance County Wednesday.

The state Department of Transportation held a ribbon-cutting at a rest area on Interstate 40/85 near Burlington. Another charging station will be located near Benson at the junction of Interstates 95 and 40.

Those locations were chosen because they are routes heavily trafficked by commuters.

Electric car owner Jack Martin said he’s looking forward to expanded charging options.

"To be at places like this, at institutions, at hospitals, at malls, at restaurants, where you'll plug in, and then you go and do something else, and it's recharged," Martin said.

State opens first electric car charging station near Burlington State opens first electric car charging station near Burlington

DOT spokesman Jimmy Parrish said getting the infrastructure in place to serve electric car owners is a high priority for the agency.

"There are gas stations at every interchange on the interstate, and people feel good about that because they can stop and buy gas. Well, charging stations aren't out there like that yet, but we are trying to take strides in making that available to the traveling public," Parrish said.

Raleigh-based Praxis Technologies Inc. received $247,000 in state and federal money to install 19 stations around North Carolina.

The DOT is also looking into better technology to quicken charging time. Charge stations currently require about 30 minutes of plug-in time per 15 miles on the road.

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  • fayncmike Jan 12, 2012

    "$247,000 in state and federal money to install 19 stations around North Carolina. Is only me or is that a lot of money,"
    Bob3425"

    Actually that sounds like a really good deal to me. Go out and see how much it would cost to build 19 gas stations.

  • Bob3425 Jan 12, 2012

    $247,000 in state and federal money to install 19 stations around North Carolina. Is only me or is that a lot of money, what a 30 min charge going to cost? did the tax on gas just go up? what about them paying their road tax.

  • barbstillkickin Jan 12, 2012

    Sorry I meant 3.00 .

  • barbstillkickin Jan 12, 2012

    Wonder what the price for electric charging will be. I bet #.00 for every four minutes. They will get you one way or another people.

  • lpickup2 Jan 12, 2012

    And to the very first commenter here NCPictures ("If anyone ever sees these being used, please post it, mmm-k? I am waging that these will remain unused"), here are some pictures taken of a LEAF charging at this rest area just before Christmas, before the chargers were even officially announced:

    https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-73wJd5CNmqs/TvfI03QA6VI/AAAAAAAAcAg/avIRtTxrw2I/s640/DSC_0224.JPG
    https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-OEMVxZAPDsY/TvfI04CNb4I/AAAAAAAAcAg/evs2hfIyLIk/s640/DSC_0223.JPG

    So there you are.

  • lpickup2 Jan 12, 2012

    As an EV supporter, I agree with the comments below that these are the wrong kinds of chargers for interstates. They need L3 "quick charge" chargers for this application that can charge in 30 minutes or less. And the amount of money they stated would pay for about 125 L2 chargers. So I agree that they should be held accountable for providing value for that money.

    However, as far as the electricity being paid for by taxpayers, first of all we are talking about about 40 cents/hour. How much energy and water is used by the rest of the facilities at the rest areas? If you're worried about costs, then maybe we ought to shut the whole rest area down.

    Even so, the government has made a conscious decision to fund projects like this to reduce our country's dependence on foreign oil. If you'd rather send your dollars over to countries in the middle east, go for it, but I think it's a wise use of funds to kick start an alternative to that option and keep energy $$ here in the US.

  • kermit60 Jan 12, 2012

    This state and countries leadership disgusts me. So do most of the comments on these blogs. I just wish we would do the one thing the french did right when this happened to them. The people stood up and said no more. Got rid of the lawyers and politicians.

  • fayncmike Jan 12, 2012

    ""Sure, reward the smart, penalize the dumb." ~fayncmike

    Would you include your illustrious leader Obama in that category, since he bailed out GM?
    citizensoldier16

    Aside from an opportunity to whine about President Obama, what does my comment or anyone eases here have to do with the necessary assistance to GM and Chrysler?

  • bowslinger70 Jan 11, 2012

    And the taxpayers bite the Bullet again. Maybe Perdue can increase the Gas Tax to build even more of these. What a joke.

  • citizensoldier16 Jan 11, 2012

    "Sure, reward the smart, penalize the dumb." ~fayncmike

    Would you include your illustrious leader Obama in that category, since he bailed out GM? In addition...with all the fires associated with the Volt, as well as the fact that the production of the Prius does more to hurt the environment than the production of a Hummer...who are the dumb ones again?

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