Charging Stations Removed in 2 North Carolina Counties Due to DOT’s Inability to Determine How to Charge for Electricity

4 years ago by Eric Loveday 22

Don't You Dare Remove Us

Don’t You Dare Remove Us

Epic failure.

Image Credit: MyFox8

Image Credit: MyFox8

That’s the best way to describe the series of events that led to the removal of charging stations in two counties in North Carolina.

North Carolina’s Department of Transportation recently removed all of the free charging stations located at 4 highway rest stops in Johnston (outside of Raleigh) and Alamance (outside of Greensboro) Counties.

Why were they removed?

Well, previously the units were free of charge, as seems to be the norm in several states, at least in the early phases of plug-in vehicle adoption.

But Republicans leaders in North Carolina weren’t thrilled with the idea of giving away electricity free of charge.  Some of these Republicans began voicing their concerns to the DOT.

The complaint list grew long enough that the DOT was issued a deadline for determining how to effectively charge plug-in vehicle owners who utilized these stations.  This deadline was laid out in a law passed by North Carolina’s General Assembly.  The law will soon apply to all state-owner chargers

Unfortunately, the DOT couldn’t come up with a workable solution and was forced to remove the chargers before the law went into effect this year.

It’s a sad story for sure, but one that shouldn’t have had to be told in the first place.  It’s truly absurd for the DOT to say it couldn’t find a way to charge plug-in vehicle owners for using the stations.  We think the DOT officials are being lazy and/or they just don’t care.

Source: MyFox8

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22 responses to "Charging Stations Removed in 2 North Carolina Counties Due to DOT’s Inability to Determine How to Charge for Electricity"

  1. MTN Ranger says:

    This really only applies to a few charging stations. The vast majority in Raleigh are city or privately owned. The L2 stations at the two rest stops were rather pointless anyway. Who is going to sit at a rest stop for 6 hours to recharge with no facilities like dining/shopping/entertainment?

    1. kdawg says:

      I could think of a bad joke here… but I digress. 🙂

  2. Brian says:

    Almost sounds like the DOT wanted an excuse to remove them. The frustrating part is that they have now spent more money installing/removing them than they would have doled out in electricity for probably 10 years!

    1. kp says:

      This! ^^^^^^^^^^^

  3. MTN Ranger says:

    I forgot to add – If the state wants to install CHAdeMO/CCS stations at rest stops along major highways, then go for it. Have a credit card setup and assign a fair price. This should be the preferred method.

  4. Alaa says:

    Is NC in Saudi?

  5. Open-Mind says:

    “But Republicans leaders in North Carolina weren’t thrilled with the idea of giving away free electricity. ”

    There is no such thing as “free electricity”. The above should read…

    “But Republicans leaders in North Carolina weren’t thrilled with the idea of giving away electricity that others were forced to pay for. ”

    Maybe also add…

    “Republicans feel there will never be enough charging stations unless the private sector can install them for profit. And that will never happen if the private sector has to compete with “free” government charging stations. The main reason there are conveniently located filling stations in every U.S. city is because they don’t have to compete with government-owned filling stations that can undercut their prices.”

    1. Brian says:

      You make an excellent point about competing with free stations. I, for one, agree with paying for my electricity.

      The absurd part of this story is that the government paid presumably thousands of dollars each to install these stations, and then probably hundreds more to remove them. I can’t believe that they couldn’t find a way to have the users pay for electricity. Most of the charging stations around here have credit card readers (work with Blink-enabled cards only, sadly).

      I wonder if they considered alternatives like auctioning them off to a private party.

  6. David Murray says:

    North Carolina has essentially waged war on the electric vehicle. They are going to feel pretty silly 10 or 20 years from now when the rest of the world has adapted and people in NC are still stuck with their primitive gas engines.

  7. Proofreader says:

    “Some of these Republicans began voicing there concerns to the DOT.”
    “there” should be “their”.

    “The law will soon apply to all state-owner chargers”
    This should read “The law will soon apply to all state-owned chargers”

    “It’s a sad story for sure, but one that shouldn’t of had to be told in the first place.”
    This should read “It’s a sad story for sure, but one that shouldn’t have had to be told in the first place.”

    “We think the DOT is being lazy and/or they just don’t care.” The DOT is singular in the first half of the sentence, but plural in the second half? This should read “We think the DOT is being lazy and/or it just doesn’t care.”

    Let’s all try to improve each day.

    1. Eric Cote says:

      Thanks for the corrections, I’ve applied them to the story for Eric L. Sometimes putting out so many stories on a daily basis comes at a price, I suppose. 😉 We’ll still try to keep the stories free of any red or green squiggly lines (for you Microsoft Word fans). 🙂

      1. Jay Cole says:

        Yeah! Finally making our editor have to do something around here. Eric C has been coddled for too long.

        I’m working my next story (interview with smart boss just as fyi) in Crayon!

        1. ClarksonCote says:

          Haha! I just can’t keep up with all this content! 😉

          Looking forward to your “colorful” story!

  8. Anderlan says:

    DoT probably had to coordinate with the utility. I won’t blame the DoT so fast. If the utility didn’t want to help this along in a timely way, there’s nothing the DoT could have done. It’s even possible the utility and the Republicans are on the same angle: please don’t change the existing market order, ever, EVER.

    1. MTN Ranger says:

      The Duke Power/Progress Energy has been extremely helpful over the last several years. They have been paying for the electricity at all of the city of Raleigh charging stations as part of testing.

      http://periscope.raleighnc.gov/externalViewlet?user=ev&viewletType=evStation&viewletld=evStation1311253443654

  9. Aaron says:

    I can’t believe I’m reading this news coming from North Carolina! I mean, they’re such an EV-friendly state! I think Tesla is going to build their next factory there!

  10. kdawg says:

    So did they actually tear them out? Couldn’t they just have disabled them (until further notice)?

    1. Steven says:

      It sounds like they were trying to prove a point.

    2. taser54 says:

      They did disable them -permenantly. Looks like a good spot for a future privatel-operated DC fast charger. If there’s money to be made, a private company will approach the DOT about those sites.

  11. Steven says:

    Note to self: Avoid North Carolina.

    1. Chad says:

      Agreed!!

  12. Carmie says:

    I have used the stations in Johnston County. They were ChargePoint stations and thus were already able to debit your ChargePoint card. However, in NC I believe it is currently illegal to resell electricity.