Raleigh to unveil first electric car charging stations


A total of 30 public electric vehicle charging stations are expected to be installed by September 2011. Most of the charging stations are funded by grants.

The unveiling tomorrow will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the intersection of Hargett Street and Dawson Street in Raleigh. A display of electric vehicles will be a part of the celebration. Information tents will be set up on Nash Square.

In a press release, the City of Raleigh said it is a national leader in preparations for the rollout of plug-in electric vehicles (PEV) in the coming years. PEVs are hitting the national market in December. They are expected to arrive in Raleigh in April. A readiness study was released in October, which showed Raleigh as one of the 14 cities in the country that was most prepared for PEVs. Raleigh has joined an initiative called "Project Get Ready", which helps member cities to prepare for PEVs, including the installation of infrastructure.

The Associated Press reports that utilities in parts of California, Texas and North Carolina are scrambling to upgrade transformers and other equipment to meet a higher energy demand.

Progress Energy is expecting electric car clusters to form in Raleigh, Cary and Asheville, N.C. and around Orlando and Tampa, Fla. Duke Energy is expecting the same in Charlotte and Indianapolis.

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