Gallery: EV Owners in the Carolinas Get Free Charging Stations to Help ...


As part of a study on how electric vehicles (EVs) affect the grid, 300 homeowners and early adopters of EVs in the Carolinas will be receiving free charging stations from their local energy providers. The charging stations will be rolled out to power customers who have signed leases for — or own — electric vehicles and will provide much needed information on how energy surges from new auto technology will work with the existing grid. Utilities in the area are concerned that high adoption of EVs could cause their equipment to fail and this study will help the utilities efficiently upgrade their equipment to save an estimated $300 million in eventual costs.

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  1. clarketom February 8, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    I’m wondering if anybody edits these posts, or do you people just post any ridiculous quotes that justify the story?

    “What you’re talking about when you put in a charging station is almost like adding another house to that part of the grid”.

    Really? So EV owners can expect their electric bills to “almost” double?

    Nissan Leaf charging station requires a 220/240V 40 amp dedicated circuit which is equivalent to a dryer or AC unit.

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