Carrboro installed two new electric vehicle charging stations in February, which join its original charging station at Carrboro Town Hall.
Both Carrboro and Chapel Hill have made stations like this available to the public as electric vehicle usage has increased in recent years.
The Carrboro Town Hall charging station was installed in 2017 and had 141 unique users in its first year. In its fourth year, from August 2020 to August 2021, it saw 281 unique users. And so far this year — from August 2021 until early March — it has seen 245 unique users.
Laura Janway, environmental sustainability coordinator for the Town of Carrboro, said these new charging stations were funded by a grant from the North Carolina Volkswagen Settlement.
She said the Town is working with other municipalities to create an EV charging station suitability analysis.
“It's going to be a really comprehensive analysis and incorporate lots of different factors, including equity,” Janway said. “So, when we have that finished, it will allow us to prioritize different locations, not only within Carrboro but with the larger picture of EV charging stations throughout the county.”
The analysis will be completed in the next few months and will serve to help determine placements of future charging stations.
But Carrboro is not the only town working toward green transportation — Chapel Hill also has plans to expand electric vehicle accessibility.
John Richardson, sustainability officer for the Town of Chapel Hill, said the area currently has three charging stations, with at least five more stations planned for the next 12 to 18 months.