Posts Tagged ‘electric vehicles’

New tool compares fuel costs for electric & non-electric cars

Posted on: June 18th, 2013 by shannon No Comments


A new tool on the US Department of Energy’s website allows users in each state to compare the price of power for an electric car to the cost of driving the same distance using gasoline. In North Carolina, a gallon of regular, unleaded fuel costs an average of $3.41. The equivalent amount of electricity costs about a third of that- an average of $1.02. That’s 12 cents less than the national average.
Patrick Davis with the Energy Department says the tool is designed to inform people about the actual costs of driving an electric vehicle.

“Consumers are very used to and comfortable with understanding what the price of gasoline means to them, we felt that they were less comfortable and knew less about what it costs to run an electric drive vehicle and this tool helps them do that,” Davis says.

Davis says the cost of electricity is more stable than gasoline prices, which can be affected by international events.


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Wilmington, NC to add new electric charging stations

Posted on: March 23rd, 2012 by shannon No Comments

WILMINGTON — City of Wilmington officials are continuing efforts to turn the Port City green.

Soon the first level of the Market Street parking deck will have a place to “fuel up” or grab a charge. Electric cars will have a charging station with two parking spaces dedicated for the vehicles.

“We do a have a commitment to sustainable growth and for sustainability you have to look at conserving energy and resources,” said City Councilman Kevin O’Grady.

At Tuesday night’s council meeting the board voted to support the Wilmington first charging stations and the two year pilot program with Progress Energy.

“It will allow Progress Energy to collect data on their usage. Hopefully it will demonstrate their profitability, so that in the future there can be private investment into creating electric charging stations throughout the city,” said O’Grady.

The cost of the new charging machines will come at no price to the city as they will be provided by Progress Energy. The only bill the city will see will be for the electricity which is expected to not exceed $10 a month.

The need for the space is speeding up. Data shows the number of electric cars in New Hanover will increase from 134 in 2012 to 795 in 2015.

“Save as much money as you can and help the environment, I think it is a great idea,” said Ashley Isbrecht of Wilmington.

The charging stations won’t be taking up the whole parking deck just yet, but dealerships said the cars are in high demand.

“There is a need for limited charging stations for vehicles but I don’t see it taking over your typical gas vehicle,” said Peter Strauss of Toyota of Wilmington.

City officials said it’s a way to stay ahead of the curve and encourage people to get plugged in.

“Keeps us on the cutting edge of technology. Just like we were with digital TV, with the white spaces development, and now electric cars,” said O’Grady.


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Biogen Idec Installs Electric Vehicle Charging Stations in RTP

Posted on: February 3rd, 2012 by shannon No Comments

Move underscores commitment to environmental sustainability in the region

(Research Triangle Park, N.C. – February 2, 2012) – On February 7, at 10:00 AM, Biogen Idec will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony for ten new electric vehicle charging stations at its campus in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. Machelle Sanders, Vice President, Manufacturing and General Manager and Kathy Boyer of Triangle J Council of Governments will speak at the event.

Biogen Idec purchased the charging stations with support from the Carolina Blue Skies Initiative, a project led by Triangle J Council of Governments (TJCOG), with $12 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding from the U.S. Department of Energy.

The charging stations at the Biogen Idec campus will supplement the company’s goal of reducing its environmental impact by encouraging employees to adopt an environmentally-friendly form of transportation. The charging stations will allow employees to completely charge their cars while at work. The ability to charge an electric car at work has been recognized as a critical factor in an individual’s decision to purchase an electric vehicle and is expected to encourage early adopters. Employees are able to charge their cars at no cost to them as a company-provided benefit..

“Biogen Idec is proud to be on the leading edge of encouraging adoption of environmentally-friendly forms of transportation for our employees. By providing these charging stations at no cost to employees, we’re pleased to be part of the larger effort to build out the necessary infrastructure for electric vehicles,” said Hector Rodriguez, Director of Environment, Health, Safety and Sustainability for Biogen Idec.

The benefits of using electric vehicles and hybrid electric vehicles are:

  • Electric vehicles (EVs) and hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) are less expensive to operate than a conventional vehicle. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, EVs usually cost $.02 to $0.04 per mile to fuel, compared to conventional vehicles, which cost $0.10 to $0.15 to operate. HEVs also cost significantly less (about $0.05 to $0.07 per mile) to operate.
  • Both hybrid and electric vehicles reduce U.S. reliance on imported petroleum.According to the Energy Information Agency, the U.S. imports more than 60% of its petroleum, two-thirds of which is used in the transportation sector. Light-duty vehicles (typical passenger vehicles) consume 76% of the energy used by the on-road transportation sector.
  • According to the U.S. Department of Energy, an HEV will generally see a 30-50% increase in fuel economy, a significant increase versus a standard gasoline vehicle.
  • Electric vehicles have zero tailpipe emissions and potentially zero lifecycle emissions if renewable energy such as biomass, wind or solar is used for electricity generation. (U.S. DOE)

The Carolina Blue Skies initiative will expand alternative fuel infrastructure in North and South Carolina and improve air quality. Currently, 24 counties in North Carolina are in non attainment or maintenance for National Ambient Air Quality Standards. The initiative will benefit both states by lowering harmful emissions while creating local jobs.

For Immediate Release
Kathy Boyer

Triangle J Council of Governments

Alamance County Rest Area receives Electric Vehicle Charging Station

Posted on: January 12th, 2012 by shannon No Comments

The event marked the formal ribbon-cutting of one of the first electric vehicle charging stations to operate at a North Carolina rest area. Electric vehicle charging stations have recently been installed for public use at the Alamance County Rest Area, as well as at the rest area located at the I-95/I-40 junction near Benson – locations that garner more than 1 million visitors each year. The stations were provided by Raleigh-based Praxis Technologies, Inc. through a grant from the N.C. Department of Commerce Green Business Fund Program.

The Jan. 11 ribbon-cutting was hosted by Praxis Technologies, Inc. and featured speakers from the N.C. Departments of Transportation and Commerce. Following the remarks, a Nissan Leaf was available for demonstration courtesy of Michael Jordan Nissan in Durham.

Alamance County Rest Area EV station ribbon cutting

Praxis CEO speaking at Alamance County rest area EV station ribbon cutting

RTI International Adds EV Charging Stations

Posted on: November 10th, 2011 by shannon No Comments

RTI International recently added two electric vehicle charging stations on their Research Triangle Park campus.  The N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center’s Clean Fuel Advanced Technology Project recently provided RTI with a grant to purchase three neighborhood electric vehicles. RTI leadership decided to puchase the charging stations to strengthen their commitment to creating a green work environment at RTI.

RTI installed two charging stations in their parking deck, which will be compatible with all 2010 or newer EV’s, plug-in hybrid EV’s and extended range EV’s. EV charging station at RTI 2

EV charging station at RTI

EV charging station at RTI

Alternative Fuel Incentives

Posted on: April 16th, 2011 by shannonhelm

This program gave out ten awards totaling $98,000 between the fall of 2004 and the spring of 2005 to Universities and Community Colleges, government fleets, public service stations, etc. for projects that included biomass, electric vehicles and charging stations, and compressed natural gas. There was also the Diesel Emission Reduction Project, a partnership with Environmental Defense to reduce diesel emissions in school buses and construction equipment and providing technical assistance on legislative initiatives to reduce transportation related emissions in NC.


Carolina Blue Skies

Posted on: April 16th, 2011 by shannonhelm

Carolina Blue Skies & Green Jobs Initiative is a bi-state effort led by Triangle J Council of Governments (TJCOG). The overall goal is to reduce depending on imported petroleum, increase fleet fuel economy, reduce emissions, improve air quality and create and retain jobs. The N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center, along with the Centralina Council of Governments, Land of Sky Council of Governments, and South Carolina State Energy Office are working with TJCOG to help implement over 50 sub-award projects in North and South Carolina over the 4-year project period. Project objectives include:

• Increase the use of alternative fueled and advanced technology vehicles in North and South Carolina.
• Install infrastructure that supports alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles.
• Ensure that vehicles capable of using alternative fuel do so to the greatest extent possible.
• Educate project partners and the public about alternative fuel and advanced technology through educational materials and training for fleets, individuals, and the public at large.
• Collect data demonstrating the success of the project.

This initiative pursues a “fuel-neutral” approach to increase the availability of alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles and alternative fuel infrastructure in North and South Carolina by adding approximately:

• 17 E85 and 10 B20 public fueling stations
• 5 E85 and 14 B20 shared private stations for government and private fleets
• 11 CNG stations accessible to the public and private fleets, 10 new 10 CNG vehicles, 39 CNG conversions on existing vehicles
• 9 LPG stations accessible to the public and private fleets, 355 LPG conversions of existing vehicles
• 112 electric charging stations accessible to public and private fleets, 24 NEV purchases
• 46 hybrid light-duty gasoline vehicles, 10 hybrid heavy-duty diesel vehicles.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is the primary sponsor of the Carolina Blue Skies and Green Jobs Initiative.
Click here for DOE awards announced.


Program and NC Clean Energy Technology Center Projects Impact Summary




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Hybrid Vehicle Overview Brochure




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