BEMC unveils electric charging stations in Brunswick County
The future is here. Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation (BEMC) recently installed two DC Fast Charger CarPower electric vehicle charging stations in Brunswick County. There are fewer than a dozen of these stations in North Carolina, which can charge an electric vehicle in approximately 20 to 30 minutes. This is much faster than the four to six hours it takes to charge a car using a standard Level 2 charger like those commonly found in Wilmington and North Myrtle Beach.
BEMC CarPower’s northern location is in Brunswick Forest near the development’s entrance and Port City Java. CarPower’s southern location is at Callahan’s of Calabash. These fast charging stations are the result of the collaboration between BEMC, the manufacturer SigNet and Nissan North America. Nissan is expanding its charger infrastructure and asked the electric cooperative to place them in well-traveled Brunswick County locations.
“We are delighted to be able to offer this to our members and the general public, and BEMC is pleased that Nissan chose us to partner in this venture,” says Monte Herring, manager of distributive generation/renewable energy at BEMC. “We’re always working on ways to provide access to the latest in energy trends and technologies. This is really special because DC Fast Chargers are somewhat scarce, and EV drivers love them because they can fully recharge a vehicle in less time.”
In June, Brunswick Electric hosted a free electric vehicle workshop in association with Advanced Energy at its headquarters in Supply. Attendees learned how electric vehicles work and the benefits of having them in the community. Since plug-in electric vehicles were introduced in 2011, every major auto manufacturer is now developing or selling a plug-in model. More than 300,000 electric vehicles have been purchased across the United States. For more information go to bemc.org.