In October 2018, Gov. Roy Cooper signed
Executive Order No. 80
which set a goal of at least 80,000 registered zero emission vehicles (ZEVs) in North Carolina by 2025 and directed the N.C. Department of Transportation to develop a ZEV strategic plan to guide ZEV adoption in the state. Following a one year stakeholder process and public comment period, the final
North Carolina ZEV Plan
was released on Sept. 26, 2019. The plan identifies four action areas to support ZEV adoption: education, convenience, affordability, and policy.
In 2022, NCDOT released a progress update on the plan.
ZEV Registration Data
The current rate of ZEV adoption - including battery electric and plug-in hybrid - can be viewed in the graph below. Battery electric cars are 100 percent powered by an electric motor paired with a long-range battery, while plug-in hybrid cars have both a gas engine and electric motor with a medium-range battery.
The current rate of ZEV adoption can be viewed in the graph below.