Electric Car Charging Station Installed in Lake Lure

If you have been putting off the purchase of an electric vehicle "EV" because there are no charging stations in Lake Lure, that has now changed.

Under Duke Energy’s Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Infrastructure Project, more than 200 EV charging stations are being installed across 50 North Carolina Counties.

Under the project, Lake Lure and Hendersonville received one station, while Flat Rock, Asheville and the Asheville Regional Airport Authority will get two stations each. UNC Asheville was awarded four stations.

Lake Lure’s EV charging station is installed at the Welcome Center next to Town Hall on Memorial Highway, just in time for the 2018 visitor season.The presence of the new station was also part of the recommendations included in the Morse Park Site Plan, adopted in 2017. 

The EV charging station can charge up to two cars at once. This is a free service but motorists must limit their charging time to no longer than two hours.

The $1 million project paid various towns and organizations up to $5,000 for the purchase and installation of each charging port.

To fund the remaining costs of the project, the Rutherford County Tourism Development Authority generously gave the Town of Lake Lure $2,500.  Installation services were taken care of by the Town’s Public Works Department and electrical services for the installation of the station were donated by Lake Lure Commissioner Bob Cameron, owner of Lake Lure Electric.

The location of the EV charging station is a great convenience, as thousands of visitors routinely come to the Welcome Center every year for tourism information.

The project by Duke Energy received overwhelming interest, with more than 500 EV charging stations requested from around the state.

Municipalities such as Lake Lure derive a range of environmental, economic and social benefits from “going green.”

“The robust interest throughout the state is a positive sign that public EV charging will continue to grow in North Carolina,” said David Fountain, Duke Energy’s North Carolina president. “Expanding charging infrastructure is critical for more EV adoption in the future.”

According to Advanced Energy, an independent, nonprofit organization established by the North Carolina Utilities Commission, there are about 5,300 registered plug-in EVs and about 700 public charging ports around the state.

“EV charging stations for residents and visitors is one example of an initiative that helps the environment by supporting vehicles that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and impacts the local economy by drawing EV driving visitors to our commercial district,” said Lake Lure Mayor Kevin Cooley.