Centralina hosts EV adoption meeting

With over 40 attendees representing a variety of businesses and organizations, from the City of Charlotte to Crown Cab to UNC Charlotte, the meeting was at capacity and attendees heard about the whole cycle of electric fleet adoption-from funding to infrastructure set up to maintenance costs.

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Al Curtis presents to attendees of the Centralina and Duke Energy EV Fleet Adoption Lunch and Learn

On Wednesday, July 25th, Centralina Clean Cities Coalition co-hosted an electric fleet adoption event with Duke Energy. With over 40 attendees representing a variety of businesses and organizations, from the City of Charlotte to Crown Cab to UNC Charlotte, the meeting was at capacity and attendees heard about the whole cycle of electric fleet adoption-from funding to infrastructure set up to maintenance costs.

Special guest Al Curtis, the fleet manager for Cobb County Georgia gave an energic presentation regarding electric fleet adoption and how he was able to persuade his management into making the switch to an electric municipal fleet. The case study looked at maintenance, the duty cycle over time, and face to face interaction to convince people that electric cars could benefit both the county’s wallet and the environment.

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Attendees included cab companies, local government, universities, consultants, and utilities among others

Other speakers were able to address additional concerns that the public typically has of electric vehicles; range anxiety, infrastructure, maintenance and cost or funding sources. Lisa Poger of Advanced Energy, Dr. Michael Mazzola of UNC Charlotte’s EPIC building and Lang Reynolds of Duke Energy were all able to provide valuable insight into those additional details beyond just the actual vehicle itself.

Are you interested in hosting a similar meeting or learning more about adopting electric vehicles for your fleet? Contact Carina Soriano for more information at csoriano@centralina.org or 704-688-7035.

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