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Electric Vehicles & Charging Stations

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Electric truckPublic Charging Stations in Chapel Hill
Thanks to a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act through the Carolina Blue Skies and Green Jobs Initiative led by Triangle J Council of Governments, Orange County installed 12 "Level 2" chargining stations in May of 2012. Six of the 12 charging stations are located in Chapel Hill.

Four stations are available to the general public at the Orange County Skills Development Center in Chapel Hill (503 West Franklin Street) and two are located at the Robert and Pearl Seymour Senior Center (2551 Homestead Road). The remaining six are available for use at the Park & Ride facility next to the Orange campus of Durham Technical Community College. A Level 2 charging station is capable of fully energizing an electric car like the Chevrolet Volt or Nissan Leaf in about 3 to 6 hours, depending on the vehicle.

Installing a Home Charging Station
Researchers expect the majority of electric vehicle charging to be done at the vehicle owner’s place of residence. With this information in mind, the Town offers this web page as a tool for helping individuals navigate through the local process of installing home electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE), also referred to as a “charging station.”

The purchase of a plug-in electric vehicle typically results in the installation of a home charging station. If the vehicle is purchased through a dealership, many dealerships will offer to connect the buyer with a local professional that is able to schedule and install the appropriate equipment.

Charging stations vary in terms voltage and current, which determine the time it takes to recharge a vehicle. Level 1 charging stations (120 VAC, 16 amps) average between 8-10 hours for a full charge. Level 2 charging stations (208-240 VAC, up to 80 amps) average between 2-3 hours for a full charge. Click here for more information about charging stations.

Same-Day Permitting

The Town of Chapel Hill offers same-day permitting for residential installations of electric vehicle charging stations. In most instances, this allows a licensed installer to apply for and receive an electrical permit within a 24-hour period. Click here and scroll to “Electrical Fee Schedule” for more information about Town permits and fees.

Incentives 

New incentives will be posted as they become available. The incentives from Advanced Energy and Duke Energy are no longer available. 

Other Information

Please click the links below for additional information on this topic:

• Advanced Energy’s Charging Station Technology Review

• Advanced Energy’s Charging Station Installation Handbook

• Advanced Energy’s Leafing the Pump Behind: 12 Weeks with the Nissan Leaf

• Advanced Energy’s Vehicle Types and Descriptions

NC PEV Taskforce

• U.S. Department of Energy Alternative Fuel Station Locator Tool 

        Steps: 1) select “electric” 2) enter your zip code 3) click “get results”

• Charging Station locator apps are available for smartphone or handheld devices

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