Raleigh adds charging stations for future fleet of electric cars

Posted on 11/23/10 No Comments

Electric Car parking

Raleigh, and the Triangle in general, has for a long time been on the leading edge of business and technology. Cary is home to the world’s largest privately held software company, SAS; Red Hat, the largest and first major player in the Linux software industry was founded here; and our region was also just named a “new Silicon Valley” by Newsweek.

And now, we have publicly available electric car charging stations. Pretty cool, huh? This N&O article has more.

The two charging stations are located in front of Raleigh City Hall (a third one will be opened next week in front of the convention center) and are complete with standard parking meters and long cables that will plug into cars like the electric Ford Transit Connect, Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf. Progress Energy has recently been working with Ford to test the impact of electric vehicles on urban electrical grids.

At the state level, NC State has installed charging stations on Centennial Campus for both testing and practical purposes. Both plug-in hybrids and fully electric cars will be able to use the stations.

For people around the country considering the Triangle as a place to relocate, these little things matter. They indicate a forward-thinking, progressive public mindset and demonstrate that new ideas can come here and thrive. Meanwhile, Raleigh, Cary, Apex and our other municipalities are able to maintain a substantial presence of Southern heritage. It’s an excellent balance that contributes greatly to why the Triangle is such a terrific place to call home.

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