RALEIGH — History
was made today as officials from the N.C. Department of Transportation, N.C.
Department of Commerce and Praxis Technologies Inc. joined together to cut the
ribbon on one of the first electric vehicle charging stations at a state rest
area. The ceremony took place at the Alamance County Rest Area on I-40/I-85
near Burlington, which is now the site of two charging stations. A Nissan Leaf
from Michael Jordan Nissan of Durham was on site to provide a demonstration of
the charging stations.
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“With this project, the state of North Carolina and its
partners are helping lay the groundwork for an infrastructure that will support
the increasing number of electric vehicles in North Carolina and the nation,”
said State Roadside Environmental Engineer Don Lee.
The electric vehicle charging stations, as well as
accompanying educational signage, were provided by Raleigh-based Praxis
Technologies Inc. through a grant from the N.C. Department of Commerce Green
Business Fund Program. In addition to the charging stations at the Alamance
County Rest Area, Praxis provided two more charging stations to NCDOT, which
were recently installed at the rest area located along I-40 at the I-95
junction near Benson. The charging stations are classified as “Level 2,” which
means they can fully charge a vehicle in 6-7 hours. There is no cost for using
The N.C. Department of Commerce grant, which totaled
$247,000, has enabled Praxis to place 20 electric vehicle charging stations in
key markets around North Carolina over the past eight months.
The Alamance and Johnston County rest areas were
strategically chosen as installation sites. They are high traffic locations
that welcome a combined 1 million visitors annually; and additionally, are
located along commuter routes near major metropolitan areas. This may allow
motorists the option of charging their vehicle for a short period of time in
order to gain enough charge to travel to another charging station location.
NCDOT continues to work with its private partners to
investigate the possibility of installing more charging stations at rest areas
in the future, including “Level 3,” stations which are able to fully charge a
vehicle in as little as 30 minutes.
Praxis Technologies Inc. is based in Raleigh and provides
sustainable parking solutions, including EV charging stations, solar canopies
and LED parking lot and station lighting, for cities, municipalities,
businesses and multi-family residences.
Through a $247,000 grant from the Department of Commerce
Green Business Fund Program, Praxis has been able to place 20 charging stations
at a variety of locations around North Carolina, including the Charlotte Douglas
Airport, American Tobacco Campus in Durham, museums, a vineyard and LEED
accredited buildings. Praxis aims to make these charging stations sustainable
through the use of solar canopies to supply power.
(Editor’s Note: Attached photo shows, from left to right,
Mike Fox, member of N.C. Board of Transportation, John Hardin, executive
director of the N.C. Department of Commerce Office of Science and Technology,
and Skip Kurz, CEO of Praxis Technologies, cutting the ribbon the electric
vehicle charging station at the Alamance County Rest Area.)
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