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NC PEV Readiness Initiative: Plugging in from Mountains to Sea (M2S)
Communities across the state of North Carolina are getting ready to embrace the "vehicles of tomorrow" today!
In an effort to increase awareness and actual consumer usage, as well as to help communities develop the infrastructure needed to support the expected influx of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs), the Mountains to Sea (M2S) project, funded through the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), includes multiple initiatives consisting of the development of a state-wide PEV readiness plan and four local PEV readiness plans. These readiness plans will serve as a guide to strengthen existing local and state initiatives to help North Carolina communities address their specific needs, including:
- Updating permitting processes;
- Revising codes;
- Training appropriate personnel;
- Assessing infrastructure needs;
- Promoting public awareness; and
- Evaluating and developing incentives.
Since its inception in 1993, the DOE's Clean Cities and its stakeholders have decreased the equivalent use of more than three billion gallons of conventional fuel. Their overall goal is to reduce U.S. petroleum use by 2.5 billion gallons per year by 2020, and a key initiative for success is the integration of electric transportation. The M2S project was one of 16 electric vehicle community readiness projects awarded by the DOE. The state-wide roadmap is led by the NC PEV Taskforce. The four communities – Asheville, Charlotte, the Piedmont-Triad and the Triangle – will create individual stakeholder groups and develop community plans addressing specific steps needed to prepare their community for PEVs.
To find out more about the M2S Initiative or to see how you can get involved, please contact Sean Flaherty with Centralina Council of Governments.
The NC PEV Readiness Initiative: Plugging in from Mountains to Sea (M2S) planning project is supported with funding provided by the U.S. Department of Energy's Clean Cities Program through Centralina Council of Governments. Project collaborators include: Advanced Energy, Land-of-Sky Regional Council, NC Solar Center/NC State University, Piedmont Triad Regional Council, & Triangle J Council of Governments.