Halifax EMC is working with North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives to expand a statewide cooperative electric vehicle charging network. Halifax EMC has partnered locally with New Dixie Oil and Robbie’s to strategically install a DC fast charger for public charging at Robbie’s on Highway 561 at I-95, Exit 160.
“Interstate 95 is a heavily traveled corridor, and an electric vehicle charging station will help draw visitors and economic activity to this area, while also supporting the environmental and cost-saving benefits of electric vehicles,” said Charles Guerry, Executive Vice President of Halifax EMC. “EVs offer numerous opportunities to both drivers and communities and bringing this charging station to Halifax EMC’s service area is an example of our commitment to building a brighter future for the people and communities we serve.”
The station is part of a $1 million investment North Carolina’s electric cooperatives are making in rural electric vehicle charging infrastructure across North Carolina. ChargePoint, an industry leader in EV charging infrastructure and networks, will supply the equipment and apply technical expertise in managing and installing the sites.
DC Fast Charge stations provide a very quick charge and can charge a depleted electric vehicle’s battery to 80 percent capacity in under 30 minutes. DC Fast Charge stations are usually located in high-traffic public areas or along major highway corridors.
The investment expands the existing electric cooperative EV charging network, which encompasses public charging stations at nearly 60 locations. Eight of North Carolina’s electric cooperatives were also recently awarded funding through the North Carolina Volkswagen Settlement to grow this network even further.
Driving electric offers significant cost savings, more convenience and less maintenance, a better driving experience, a healthier environment, a stronger local economy and a more efficient electric grid. EV buyers can also take advantage of a federal tax credit, and co-op members have access to a low interest EV loan and a special rebate when purchasing a new Nissan LEAF. Halifax EMC members can find more information about the impact of driving electric and find local EV benefits through our EV site.