North Carolina’s electric cooperatives are investing in communities throughout the state and expanding the availability of electric vehicle charging stations—a move that will create one of the biggest cooperative-owned networks in the country.

As part of this project, Jones-Onslow recently had two EV charging stations installed on their system. The first, at the co-op headquarters in Jacksonville, will be available to the public when they visit the office. The station will also “fill up” Jones-Onslow’s new all-electric vehicle, a 2020 Chevrolet Bolt that has been given the nickname “Kermit” in a social media contest. The second charging station, installed at the Hampton Inn in Sneads Ferry, will allow guests of the hotel to charge their electric vehicles while visiting the community while on vacation. Both stations can charge two vehicles simultaneously and, at this time, both stations will be available for use by vehicle owners at no cost.

“Topsail Island and the surrounding area is a popular travel destination and an electric vehicle charging station will simply be an added benefit to visitors,” said JOEMC’s CEO Jeff Clark. “EVs offer numerous opportunities to both drivers and communities, and we want to do everything we can to encourage their adoption and make it easier for EV owners to travel throughout our state.”

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