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Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Project

Last Modified: March 19, 2013
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Raleigh was invited in 2009 as one of three cities (along with Indianapolis and Portland, Ore.) chosen by the Rocky Mountain Institute to participate in Project Get Ready, an initiative designed to help prepare for the electric vehicles. The three cities have served as test labs, addressing and solving challenges that may stall the adoption of the emerging electric vehicle transportation efforts.

The City of Raleigh has installed 29 Electric Vehicle Charging Stations (EVSEs) 18 are public charging stations and 11 are fleet charging stations. View public charging stations.

Project Wrap-up

The accompanying report, City of Raleigh Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Project Wrap-Up, is an overview of the City's efforts.

Several report highlights:

  • The City partnered with Progress Energy and Advanced Energy on the effort.
  • Between November 2010 and December 2011, the City of Raleigh installed 18 public charging stations for electric vehicles and another 11 charging stations for City fleet vehicles.
  • The cost of the installation was approximately $300,000 and was financed through grants with some City matching funds.
  • The charging stations are equipped with Periscope monitoring software and the City collects data from the stations.
  • Throughout 2012, usage of the charging stations increased each quarter. Also, the average charge time was between one and two hours, supporting the assumption that most will charge their cars at home.

Read the entire report: City of Raleigh Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Project Wrap-up.

Sustainability Benefits

The City of Raleigh established several goals to prepare for and support the adoption of electric vehicles by its residents and businesses. These goals can be grouped into the four broad categories of economic development, information and partnership, policies and procedures, and environmental protection.

According to the Environment North Carolina report, "Charging Forward: The Emergence of Electric Vehicles and Their Role in Reducing Oil Consumption," 11,810 drivers in North Carolina could purchase their first plug-in vehicle within the next three years. Overall these vehicles would reduce the state's greenhouse gas emissions by 10,726 metric tons annually. If the plug-in vehicles are recharged by clean sources of electricity, those savings would rise to nearly 50,000 metric tons per year. These plug-in vehicles can reduce oil dependence in North Carolina by 2,770,278 gallons per year.

Learn about our Solar Electric Vehicle Charging Stations.

Project Challenges

There were a number of challenges the City of Raleigh addressed while developing the infrastructure for electric vehicles including; identifying appropriate locations for charging stations, obtaining funding for the charging stations, building acceptance across City departments for the nature and scope of the project, coordination of technology, developing uniform specifications, streamlining the permitting and installation process.

The City removed and reduced barriers to electric vehicle adoption by offering contractor and inspector education and training, by addressing building codes, electrical codes, and city ordinances related to uniform standards, signage, parking, and fees for charging. The City also streamlined the permitting and inspections process for EVSE installation.

Learn about the permitting process.

Project Partners

The City of Raleigh partners with private industry to advance research, develop new and cutting-edge technology, and foster economic growth and development. The Project Get Ready partners included Progress Energy, Advanced Energy, and the Rocky Mountain Institute.

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