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Matthews, Mint Hill scheduled to have electric-vehicle charging stations by spring

By Melinda Johnston
Correspondent

Matthews will have an electric vehicle charging station soon, and Mint Hill won’t be far behind.

The Matthews Board of Commissioners recently approved construction of a Level 3 charging station adjacent to PNC Bank on Matthews Station Street.

The DC fast-charger has the capability to charge a car powered by electricity in 15-30 minutes, depending on the level of charge remaining in the vehicle.

Matthews is one of approximately 20 sites in North Carolina participating in the roll-out of the state’s first direct-current fast chargers, part of the “NC Plug-In Electric Vehicle (PEV) Readiness Initiative: Plugging in from Mountains to Sea.”

The station will be paid for by a grant from Nissan North America and the U.S. Department of Energy, with technical support from the Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition at Centralina Council of Governments.

Matthews officials plan to enter into a 10-year licensing agreement with Brightfield Transportation Solutions, an Asheville company that will build, maintain and upgrade the station when needed.

There will be no cost to the town. Brightfield will collect a fee, somewhere in the $10 range, for people to charge their vehicles.

The charger should be online in April.

Just down Interstate 485 at the Lawyers Road interchange in Mint Hill, Danny Phillips of Phillips Energy Systems, a local renewable-energy and energy-efficiency contractor, plans to build a charging station at Fraziers Grocery, just off the interchange.

Phillips is working on the project with Raleigh firm Advanced Energy.

That charging station will feature one Level 3 charger and as many as six Level 2 chargers. A Level 2 charger has the capability to charge a car in two to four hours, depending on the level of charge remaining in the vehicle.

Phillips said that the project is in the permitting process and that he hopes to have that station running by May.

Phillips said he has several other sites in Mint Hill in mind for additional charging stations and hopes to present those plans to commissioners in the next few months.

Melinda Johnston is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Melinda? Email her at m.johnston@carolina.rr.com.
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