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“Investing in the future:” NC relies on electromobility

RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) – As more electric cars and buses hit the streets, more chargers will be needed.

gov. Roy Cooper and Rep. Deborah Ross were at the Siemens eMobility Manufacturing & Distribution System headquarters in Wendell Monday, emphasizing the importance of electric vehicle infrastructure in reducing emissions.

Cooper called electric buses an investment in the state’s future. GoRaleigh has five electric buses out of about 105. Siemens installed and manufactured the loading units.

“I’m excited to see charging stations being built here at Siemens, and we’re going to take those and deploy them across North Carolina as we build out our charging infrastructure, so that’s exciting,” Cooper said.

According to North Carolina’s Greenhouse Gas Inventory report, transportation contributes to 36 percent of North Carolina’s greenhouse gas emissions.

GoRaleigh currently has six charging stations. The transport company will expand its charging infrastructure in the coming weeks. Gil Johnson, a consultant with GoRaleigh, said there will soon be 14 charging stations.

Johnson said it takes four to six hours for the bus to fully charge. He said the buses are usually half-charged by the end of the day.

“You have to have a way to charge it, it’s different from an EV — electric vehicle — in that you really have a lot more battery and there’s a lot more charging to do,” Johnson said.

He said the goal is to have 25 percent of the fleet running on electricity and 75 percent on compressed natural gas over the next decade.

“These, like the compressed natural gas buses, are much cleaner, are much quieter and we’ve been very happy with them so far,” Johnson said. “It’s evolving, the technology is evolving and we’re trying to stay ahead of it as much as we can.”

Siemens said the facility has created 100 jobs over the past two years and expects to add 50 more jobs next year.

https://www.cbs17.com/news/north-carolina-news/investment-in-the-future-nc-looks-to-electric-transportation/ “Investing in the future:” NC relies on electromobility

DUSTIN JONES

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