NCDOT making progress on network of EV charging stations

21 May 2023

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — The North Carolina Department of Transportation tells CBS 17 it’s making progress on its plan to build a network of electric vehicle charging stations across the state.

It’s been nearly a year since NCDOT received $109 million dollars from the federal government to build the network.

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The department recently hosted roundtables to answer questions about the program and a networking event with people interested in having chargers on their property.

Heather Hildebrandt with NCDOT’s transportation and planning division said they hope to have contractors who will be able to bid for the projects by this fall, then the department hopes to have the first stations in place by late 2024 or sometime in 2025.

However, she warns that supply chain issues could slow the process down.

“Not only are all 50 states pushing out funding for this, which is going to create demand, but there is also the possibility of upgrades needed,” Hildebrandt said.

(Joseph Holloway/CBS 17)

CBS 17 talked with several electric vehicle owners who look forward to having more charging options on the road.

“It’s definitely moving in that direction so we got to get in front of it rather than waiting for the need, then trying to fulfill it,” said Martin Collins.

The department said it’s also having conversations with the state’s utility companies to make sure the areas where they put the chargers will able to handle the demand.

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