Emerald Isle gets CCEC electric vehicle charging site

An electric vehicle “fuels up” this week at a new charging station installed by Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative off Islander Drive in Emerald Isle. (Contributed photo)

EMERALD ISLE — Owners of electric vehicles can now charge them in Emerald Isle, thanks to a new EV charging station installed by Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative beside the Lighthouse Inn and Suites on Islander Drive.

In an email Friday, Town Manager Matt Zapp said it’s a ChargePoint Level 2 EV charger.

“CCEC's charger will provide residents and vacationers a place to ‘fill up’ while enjoying the beach or a stroll on the Emerald Path,” Mr. Zapp said. “Using the ChargePoint app, EV drivers pay just $1 per hour to charge. The charging station provides about 20 to 25 miles of battery range for every hour the vehicle is plugged in.”

Electric vehicles are becoming increasing popular, and demand for stations is growing in North Carolina and Emerald Isle, Mr. Zapp added.

“North Carolina's electric cooperatives, including CCEC, are working to create a statewide network of EV charging stations, enabling more consumers in both rural and urban areas to adopt this technology,” he added.

Mr. Zapp said the new charging station is good for Emerald Isle and praised the co-op.

“CCEC,” he said, “hopes to attract more EVs and their benefits, including improved environmental health, economic development and quality of life” in its service area.


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(5) comments

David Collins

You mean that one has to sit in their hot car for an hour and only get 20 to 25 miles driving range ? Sure the price to top up the battery is cheap , probably subsidized by the good utility customers , but thanks but no thanks . Bet you will see cars plugged in for hours at a time , plug hogs .


It's nothing more than virtue signaling.


For now, electric is only good and make sense for golf carts.

sick and tired

20 to 25 miles is a trip to town for me, one way. Of course you have to account for traffic too. Starts and stops, sitting at lights, etc. So a 2 hour charge just to get to town, and to get home, not including all the factors listed above. Then account for once you get to town. A stop at the grocery store, maybe pharmacy, maybe supplies. Yeah I foresee lots of EV's park on the side of the road, no flashers of course because the battery is dead.


Gas golf cart might be better.

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