CHARLESTON, S.C. — Plug In Carolina today announced it has selected diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation (NYSE:ETN) to supply and support a network of public electric vehicle (EV) “re-fueling” stations in eight South Carolina cities. The implementation of the charging network is underway to support the variety of new EVs entering the roadways. The project was previously awarded to another firm but has been reassigned to Eaton as they have the ability to meet the immediate needs of the project.
The project, which launched June 15, 2010, is funded by two state grants secured through the South Carolina Energy Office and features a family of charging stations with multi-port configuration, these are user friendly and lends themselves to a cost-effective electrical installation. 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.
“We are thrilled that Eaton was in a position to step up and ensure that this important green transportation initiative stays on track,” said James Poch, Plug In Carolina executive director. “With their help, we look forward to positioning South Carolina as one of the first EV ready states in the country.”
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.
“This is a perfect opportunity for Eaton to demonstrate its commitment and capabilities to support the development of charging electrical infrastructures that will assist Electric Vehicle drivers to confidently go about their daily business, without being overly concerned about how they will charge their vehicles ” said Rich Stinson, president, Power Distribution Operations – Americas, Eaton’s Electrical Sector. “We’re eager to provide Eaton’s comprehensive solutions to ensure that Plug In Carolina’s public electric vehicle program continues to move forward in a timely manner and continue to support the communities in South Carolina.”
Eaton is focused on creating innovative and affordable technologies that help customers reduce their impact on the environment. For more than 20 years, Eaton has developed electrical and hybrid power systems for trucks and buses and is now developing innovative solutions for hybrid power systems in commercial vehicles. Eaton is the only company to offer hybrid-electric and two hybrid-hydraulic system technologies, as well as the charging and networked charging management infrastructure for commercial and residential applications. Eaton offers a complete line of electric vehicle chargers for residential and industrial application and has a presence in communities across North America. For more information, visit www.eaton.com/plugin.
About Plug In Carolina
Founded in 2006, Plug In Carolina is a non-profit organization sponsored by the state’s major utilities: South Carolina Electric & Gas Co., Duke Energy, Santee Cooper and Lockhart Power. Its stated mission is to educate and promote the environmental, economic and national security benefits of plug-in vehicles.
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