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Advanced Energy Applies in N.C.

EV program presents new options

The U.S. Department of Transportation recently opened the first round of funding for the Charging and Fueling Infrastructure (CFI) program, which will provide $2.5 billion over five years to state and local agencies to install EV chargers and infrastructure for other alternative fuel vehicles.

In North Carolina, the North Carolina Department of Transportation is applying for CFI program funding on behalf of particular organizations. Advanced Energy and North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives are seeking funds to deploy battery-supported DC fast chargers at two rural locations. Battery-supported charging — which incorporates stationary battery energy storage systems — can reduce the complexity of siting DC fast chargers and provide cost-effectiveness in areas where standard DC fast charging may not be viable.

The Land-of-Sky Clean Vehicles Coalition submitted a proposal that aims to close major charging gaps in western North Carolina, helping to serve EV drivers traveling through WNC to Asheville, Atlanta, Knoxville, Chattanooga and the surrounding areas.

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