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Flat Rock opens charging station for E-vehicles

FLAT ROCK — Electric car drivers now have a new convenient charging station in the Village of Flat Rock.

Funded by Duke Energy, the two EV stations are among more than 200 the utility is installing in partnerships with cities and towns that have public space available. The charging stations are in the Village Hall parking lot.

"We expect our out-of-town visitors and local residents to take advantage of the new stations," Mayor Bob Staton said. "Not only will they be available 24-7 but they're easy to use."

Drivers should register at chargepoint.com to open an account.

A $10,000 grant from Duke covered most of the cost of the installation, which was coordinated by Vice Mayor Nick Weedman.

According to Advanced Energy, a nonprofit group, there are about 7,330 electric vehicles and 938 public charging ports in North Carolina.

"Adoption of EVs depends on a robust infrastructure for consumers," Duke President David Fountain said in a statement.