Electric Vehicle Meeting Shows Community Preparedness across the State: Current Status and Next Steps

Individuals interested in learning more about plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) and the current status of their community’s PEV readiness plans can learn more at the North Carolina PEV Taskforce mid-point meeting on Tuesday, June 19, 2012. The meeting will run from 11 am to 3 pm in the Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden, 215 South Main Street, Kernersville, N.C.

“There are currently almost 1,000 PEVs traveling North Carolina’s roads, and that makes us even more excited about this upcoming meeting,” says Katie Drye, project manager, Electric Transportation, Advanced Energy. “It’s our mid-point meeting, so we’re hoping to see more development on our state roadmap for PEV readiness as well as the four community PEV readiness plans.”

Terry Komlos, manager, Zero Emissions Mobility, Nissan North America will deliver the keynote address. The meeting will also feature panel discussions on:


1.         Community PEV Readiness Plan Processes: Community leads from Asheville, Charlotte, Piedmont Triad, and the Triangle will share their share thoughts on barriers and successes they face while preparing community PEV readiness plans through the Mountains to Sea grant award.


2.         NC PEV Taskforce Working Groups Panel: The State PEV Taskforce working group chairs will answer questions and share their work for the state working groups. Taskforce Working Groups include: Vehicles, Infrastructure, Economic Development, Incentives, Education and Outreach, and Policy Codes and Standards.


3.         PEV Industry: The North Carolina Department of Commerce will lead a conversation with three North Carolina PEV industry representatives on the barriers and opportunities for establishing and growing a PEV related business in North Carolina.


Advanced Energy, sponsors of the NC PEV Taskforce, The meeting will be hosted by the North Carolina Department of Commerce, and Mountains to Sea Grant Partners, including Centralina Council of Governments, Triangle J Council of Governments, NC Solar Center, Land-of-Sky Regional Council, Piedmont Triad Regional Council, and Advanced Energy.  PEV industry leaders, state, regional and local government officials, universities and colleges, electric utilities, economic development organizations, environmental groups, non-profits and other interested parties are encouraged to attend this meeting. For more information on the event visit NCPEVTaskforce.org.

The NC PEV Readiness Initiative: Plugging in from Mountains to Sea (M2S) planning project with funding provided by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities Program through Centralina Council of Governments. Partners include: Advanced Energy, Land?of?Sky Regional Council, NC Solar Center/NC State University, Piedmont Triad Regional Council, & Triangle J Council of Governments.