First Charging Station for Electric Vehicles at N.C. Rest Area Formally Opens to Public Wednesday, January 11, 2012

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 stations.  

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.

About Praxis Technologies

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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