CHARLOTE—More than 200 public electric vehicle (EV) charging stations will be installed soon under Duke Energy’s “EV Charging Infrastructure Project.”

The $1 million project pays up to $5,000 for the purchase and installation of each charging port. That should cover the cost of the stations – depending on its proximity to existing electrical infrastructure. The project received overwhelming interest – with more than 500 charging stations requested from around the state.

Duke Energy has been active in building public charging stations at parking decks, libraries and shopping areas. According to Advanced Energy, an independent, non-profit organization established by the North Carolina Utilities Commission, there are about 5,300 registered plug-in EVs and about 700 public charging ports spread out around North Carolina.

Recipients have the ability to put the charging stations in a location of their choice – and operate them how they see fit. For recipients who choose not to go forward with the installations – other recipients will be named.

The Duke Energy program was part of a recent settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and environmental groups.