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Road Map to More Electric Vehicles in N.C.

​​​​​Gov. Roy Cooper's ​​​​​​​​​​
Executive Order No. 80, “North Carolina’s Commitment to Address Climate Change and Transition to a Clean Energy Economy,” calls for the number of “zero-emission vehicles,” or ZEVs, to total at least 80,000 in North Carolina by 2025. 

The order directed the N.C. Department of Transportation to develop a ZEV strategic plan to achieve this goal. 

The final plan was completed and publicly released on Sept. 26, 2019. It is based on broad research and input. Under it, the state will pursue a variety of tactics, including using public education campaigns and evaluating policy recommendations, to seek to achieve the governor’s goal.​ 

Visit this page, to learn how NCDOT is addr​​​​essing climate change and seeking to achieve cleaner energy.  ​


Below is a timeline of how NCDOT will seek to achieve the goal set forth in the executive order.

Phase 1: Initial Development

​January 2019
​Develop multidisciplinary team
​February to March 2019
​Further develop N.C. ZEV plan and need for public input
​April to May 2019
​Technical analysis; review of economic costs and environmental benefits
​​August 2019
​Public comment was taken from Aug. 22 to Sept. 6​
​September 2019
​Finalize N.C. ZEV plan based on public comment
​October 2019
​Final N.C. ZEV plan is submitted to the governor

*Future dates are subject to change

Future Phases

Phase 2 will include such tasks as coordinating with local transit agencies and reviewing funding options for NCDOT to buy zero-emission vehicles. Phase 2 is expected to be completed in 2020 with some steps completed by early 2021.

​Phase 3 will include such tasks as finalizing efforts to establishing alternative fuel corridors that support zero-emission vehicles and preparing a mid-point ZEV program review.

Details on timelines for these phases will be established at a later date. NCDOT will submit annual progress reports toward the end of each year, starting in 2020.

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