On May 5, the Electrification Coalition and local and state leaders convened for a roundtable discussion on vehicle electrification in rural North Carolina to offer insights into the best practices, funding opportunities, and community needs to ensure the greatest influence on electric transportation.
Here are some of the key takeaways from the discussion:
- Grid resiliency: Many noted that we must prepare the grid to support such a rapid EV adoption rate and avoid overload.
- Workforce development: More information and resources are required to scale up the workforce needed to build, install, and maintain EV charging infrastructure.
- State funding matching opportunities: Most, if not all, tables discussed the need for state funding matching opportunities to stack with federal funding and close gaps, especially for school districts.
- More education about managed charging: Folks had questions about time-of-use charging, managing loads, and V2G capabilities. To many, those applications still feel years off.
Speakers and panelists included:
- Anne Blair, senior director of policy, Electrification Coalition
- Mike Clampitt, NC House Rep.
- Tom DelViscio, senior manager of customer fleet electrification, Duke Energy
- Jennifer Rennicks, senior manager of government affairs, World Resources Institute
- Erin Dyer, marketing manager, Soletrac Tractors
Sarah Nichols, regional planner, Land-of-Sky Regional Council
- Ellery Hanlin, manager of BEVs, John Deere
- Katie Tiger, air quality specialist, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians
- Donnie Owle, service manager, Cherokee Boys Club