RALEIGH – North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives are working to expand a comprehensive network of electric vehicle charging stations iacross the state.

The ultimate aim: to reach more people in rural communities.

Funding for several stations comes from the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality which recently “awarded eight of North Carolina’s electric cooperatives a total of more than $700,000 in Volkswagen Settlement.”

The sites are:

  • Albemarle EMC off U.S. 17 Bypass in Elizabeth City
  • Blue Ridge Energy at its office on U.S. 421 in Boone
  • Edgecombe-Martin County EMC at its office off U.S. 64 in Tarboro
  • EnergyUnited off I-40 in Mocksville and Statesville
  • Haywood EMC off I-40 in Waynesville
  • Piedmont Electric on N.C. 54 in Carrboro and off I-40/85 in Mebane
  • Randolph EMC  along N.C. 24/27 in Mount Gilead
  • Roanoke Electric off I-95 in Halifax

In total, 26 locally owned and operated electric cooperatives form one network, delivering energy solutions to 2.5 million North Carolinians.

“As part of their shared vision for building a brighter future for North Carolina’s rural communities, the cooperatives are expanding a comprehensive network of electric vehicle charging stations to make sure our state’s rural citizens have the same access to electric vehicle charging as their urban counterparts,” NCEC said in a statement.

“In addition to opening up the opportunity for rural citizens to drive electric, this statewide network of cooperative-owned electric vehicle charging stations supports commerce, tourism and environmental sustainability in rural communities across North Carolina.”