electric car charge station (Stock Photo)
Raleigh, NC -- North Carolina unveiled one of its first electric vehicle charging stations at a state rest area.
The state Department of Transportation held a ribbon-cutting Wednesday at the Alamance County rest area on Interstate 40/85 near Burlington. The charging stations are up and running on both sides of 40/85 near mile marker 139. Two are also installed at rest stops near Benson at the junction of Interstates 95 and 40.
Raleigh-based Praxis Technologies Inc. provided the stations through a $247,000 grant from the state Commerce Department and the federal government.
Right now, there is no cost to drivers to use the charge station. The DOT said that is due to state law prohibiting the sale of certain items at rest stops. The charging stations are part of a test program, so if it's successful the DOT says there could be an effort to change that law.
You have to have a credit card or call a 1-800 number on the charging unit to unlock the plug and use it, but your card won't be charged.
There are dozens of similar charging units across the state. The DOT said most are in Raleigh and Charlotte. The Triad Electric Vehicle Association reports almost two dozen in and around Alamance County.
The electric vehicle group says there are six at the General Electric plant in Mebane, four at a Nissan dealership in Burlington, four at Glen Raven in Burlington, two at the PART Park and Ride lot in Graham, two at Dick Shirley Chevrolet, one at Alamance Regional Medical Center and the two new ones on either side of I-40/85 near mile marker 139.
WFMY News 2/The Associated Press