Plug In Carolina has selected Eaton Corporation to supply and support a network of public electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in eight South Carolina cities. The project was previously awarded to Aerovironment (earlier post) but was reassigned to Eaton as it has the ability to meet the immediate needs of the project, according the new partners. The charging network was expected to be operational by 1 December 2010.
The project, which launched 15 June 2010, is funded by two state grants secured through the South Carolina Energy Office. The stations will be deployed in Greenville, Spartanburg, Blythewood, Columbia, Charleston, Rock Hill, Union, and Myrtle Beach, at key re-fueling hubs in each city.
The program will provide publicly accessible EV charging stations at locations such as municipal parking garages, public streets and retailers. Depending on host city requirements, the stations will be enabled for smart communications to facilitate the monitoring and management of the state-wide network of chargers.