UNC Greensboro is now the host of six new Level 2 NovaCHARGE electric vehicle (EVs) charging stations courtesy of Duke Energy’s Park & Plug program. This will bring the total number of charging stations on campus to 23.
Duke Energy will own, operate, and maintain the equipment for five years, at which point UNCG will have the option to purchase some or all of the stations. The stations are in the McCormick Street parking lot by Tropical Smoothie Cafe across from the Kaplan Center. Regular usage rates will apply to these stations. Two of the parking spaces meet requirements established by the Americans with Disabilities Act. Drivers should download the Shell Recharge app to access the service.
“We’re excited and thankful to Duke Energy for this opportunity,” said Sean MacInnes, UNCG sustainability specialist. “Spartan Village is a multifamily mixed-used development that is part of our Millennial Campus Initiative along Gate City Boulevard, which is a major transportation thoroughfare that will likely see more development in the future, making it a prime location for Duke Energy’s Park & Plug program.”
As part of Duke Energy’s commitment to providing smarter, cleaner energy alternatives for their customers, the utility company is helping North Carolina towns and cities locate approximately 280 public charging stations in the state, including in multifamily dwellings and historically underserved communities.
The transportation sector is now the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in North Carolina. Increased adoption of EVs will inevitably lead to a decline in carbon emissions, helping to advance North Carolina’s clean energy goals and reduce air pollution.