South Carolina’s electric vehicle (EV) plans began filling in more this week as Plug In Carolina, a non-profit organization sponsored by the state’s major utilities to jump start EV development, announced it had chosen Eaton Corporation to install an electric vehicle charging network in eight cities. The project was previously awarded to another firm but has been reassigned to Eaton as it is believed “they have the ability to meet the immediate needs” of such an undertaking.
Eaton will deploy its publicly accessible EV charging stations at locations in Greenville, Spartanburg, Blythewood, Columbia, Charleston, Rock Hill, Union, and Myrtle Beach. Places one will be able to find these stations include municipal parking garages, public streets and retailers. Depending on host city requirements, it was said, the stations will be enabled for smart communications to facilitate the monitoring and management of the state-wide network of chargers.
The project, which launched June 15, 2010, is funded by two state grants secured through the South Carolina Energy Office. No specific time table was mentioned by which the entire charging network will be up and running, but considering Eaton is now the second company on the project, one has to assume it will be sooner rather than later.
“We are thrilled that Eaton was in a position to step up and ensure that this important green transportation initiative stays on track,” said James Poch, Plug In Carolina executive director, in a statement. “With their help, we look forward to positioning South Carolina as one of the first EV ready states in the country.”
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