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Road Map to More Electric Vehicles in N.C.

Road Map to More Electric Vehicles in N.C.
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 80,000 in North Carolina by 2025. A ZEV is defined as an electric-powered vehicle that never emits exhaust. (Learn more about how the N.C. Department of Transportation is addressing climate change and seeking to achieve cleaner energy.)


​Public Feedback Needed

NCDOT is seeking public feedback on the draft version of the N.C. ZEV plan​. The draft plan shows what steps the department has taken in developing a strategy to achieve Gov. Cooper’s goal for more electric vehicles on the roadways. The draft plan also shows the public input the department has received thus far on the plan. The NCDOT will consider all comments received as it finalizes the North Carolina ZEV Plan. The comment deadline is 5 p.m. Sept. 6, 2019. To submit a comment, click on the button below.


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
​Statewide public comment on overview of N.C. ​ZEV plan
​September 2019
​Finalize N.C. ZEV plan based on public comment
​October 2019
​Final N.C. ZEV plan 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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