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“North Carolina Surpasses Electric Car Goal Ahead of Schedule”

March 29, 2024 | by The Jeuns

North Carolina Celebrates Early Success in Electric Vehicle Adoption

North Carolina has achieved its target for electric vehicle registrations ahead of schedule, the governor’s office announced. The state surpassed its goal of 80,000 zero-emission vehicles on the road by 2025 in November of last year, marking a significant milestone in its efforts to reduce emissions across the economy.

Governor Roy Cooper’s Executive Order 80, signed in 2018, required state agencies to establish goals for emission reductions. One of the key objectives was to increase the number of zero-emission vehicles on the road, a goal that North Carolina has successfully met ahead of time.

In addition to exceeding the initial target, Governor Cooper has set a new goal of 1.25 million zero-emission vehicles by 2030 with a new executive order signed in 2022. The state has been proactive in preparing for the increase in electric cars, focusing on enhancing infrastructure, policies, and consumer readiness.

To support the growing demand for electric vehicles, North Carolina has seen a significant increase in the number of public charging ports, from 1,400 in 2019 to nearly 4,000 today. The state’s departments of Environmental Quality and Transportation have been actively funding charging ports in various cities, with additional support from federal grants and tax incentives provided by President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Inflation Reduction Act.

Governor Cooper emphasized the importance of making electric vehicles more affordable and ensuring widespread availability of charging stations to continue the state’s momentum towards a more sustainable transportation future. The efforts to modernize state policies and expand charging infrastructure across communities in North Carolina reflect a commitment to promoting clean energy and reducing emissions.

With this early success and a clear vision for the future, North Carolina is setting a positive example for other states looking to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles and transition towards a greener transportation system.


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