New EV Charging Station Taps Streetlights in N.C.

by Gwen Newell

Some exciting news has made its way into the EV world for those in Charlotte, North Carolina. A new electric vehicle charging station that promises to expand access to clean-energy transportation was recently unveiled in Charlotte’s Washington Heights neighborhood, and it’s looking to be quite the success.

PoleVolt, developed by a public-private partnership that included the city, UNC Charlotte and Duke Energy, uses streetlights to enable drivers to charge vehicles parked streetside – and the service is free. This especially benefits drivers who do not have access to dedicated off-street parking.

Governor Roy Cooper, Mayor Vi Lyles and other officials attended the launch of the station, which they deemed the first of its kind in the nation and a step toward equitable access to cleaner energy options. In further detail, the partnership included the Energy Production and Infrastructure Center at UNC Charlotte, the city of Charlotte, the Centralina Regional Council and Duke Energy. Funding was provided by the U.S. Department of Energy.

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