Park and Plug program adds new public electric vehicle charging station in Wilmington

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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Electric car owners can use a new Level 2 public electric vehicle charging station installed in a company parking lot on Oleander Drive across from the NHC Arboretum.

The new electric vehicle charging station was installed at Utility Management Services (UMS), Inc. in mid-April by Duke Energy as part of the Park and Plug program created to support the national goal of reducing carbon emissions .

“Electric vehicles are the wave of the future. In the years to come, we will all be driving electric vehicles. There is a significant shortage of EV charging stations. UMS is pleased to play a part in the conversion to electric vehicles by providing a public charging station,” said Brian Coughlan, Founder and President of UMS.

According to a press release, this is one of 160 Level 2 charging stations in the state of North Carolina that Duke has been ordered to install by the NC Utility Commission. Another 16 fast charging stations and charging stations for 15 electric school buses will also be installed as part of the program.

Although this Level 2 charging station was installed free of charge by Duke Energy, customers will have to pay for each charge. According to the US Department of Energy, the cost may vary depending on the cost of electricity and the efficiency of the vehicle. Assuming the average electric vehicle has a 66 kilowatt-hour battery that has a range of about 200 miles, and electricity costs $0.13 per kilowatt-hour, it will cost about $9 to reach a full charge. This equates to just under 5 cents per mile.

To pay the fee, customers need to download the Greenlots app and scan a QR code.

The new electric vehicle charging station was installed by Duke Energy as part of the Park and Plug program created to support the national goal of reducing carbon emissions.(Utility Management Services)

There are three levels of electric vehicle charging. Level 1 charging uses a standard wall outlet – the preferred home charging option – while Level 2 charging uses a more powerful outlet to deliver more charge per hour. Fast-charging Level 3 charging stations can fully charge an electric vehicle in 30 minutes or less, compared to several hours for Level 1 and 2 charging. Engineers warn that overuse of fast-charging stations can shorten the duration battery life and may cause cracks or leaks.

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