The slow Electric Vehicle adoption in North Carolina despite the initiation of firm government policy

The severe impacts of climate change threaten the human race. Global environmental goals seek to cushion humanity from an escalated situation of severe drought, floods, etc. Countries continue to formulate and implement initiatives that aim to support international strategies for environmental conservation. Many state governments identify significant emitters of greenhouse gases, such as methane. Consequently, industries rolled out plans to accomplish their energy transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources. The top-ranking carbon emitters include the energy sector and the transportation industry. Recently, fossil-fuel-powered electricity generation plants started phasing out their outdated equipment by setting up a new infrastructure for renewable energy storage and utilization. 

However, a few energy utilities continue to operate their coal-fired power facilities alongside the renewable energy systems, but at a lower level of operations. The statistics indicate that despite national governments instituting programs to achieve zero-emission, some industries remain defiant to follow the latter’s regulations. The hesitation to adopt renewable energy costs the state administration in taxpayers’ money. Moreover, the government initiatives end-up achieving minimal impact on the global goals for environmental conservation. The hindrances cause significant setbacks to energy sustainability in the affected countries. 

The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) published a recent report that gives a comprehensive summary of the energy situation in specific states in America. North Carolina ranks as the lead advocate for the adoption of electric vehicles in the Southeast. However, the state government pays little attention to other policies that aim to achieve vehicle electrification worldwide. Atlas Public Policy, a Washington-based group for technology policy consultation, prepared the SACE report dubbed the Southeast’s Transportation Electrification. 

The group conducted an energy ranking for six states in the Southeastern region, including Tennessee, South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and Alabama. The team’s ranking system used six economic parameters and the states’ efforts in implementing their policies. The system’s economic matrices include the sales of electric vehicles, the network of charging stations for EVs, employment rates in electric vehicle manufacture, investment in EV production, and government and utility companies’ funding. 

Huge government investments enable policy-makers in North Carolina to continue taking more initiatives to adopt electric vehicles than in Georgia. In July, North Carolina’s administration signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to support the project for truck electrification, becoming the pioneer Southern state to endorse such MoU. The country holds a perfect score in ranking Southeast because of the state government investment in developing electric vehicles. North Carolina’s EV industry controls $21.8 million from government funding, slightly higher than Florida’s $23.3 million investment. In conclusion, North Carolina continues to rank low in establishing its network of EV fast-charging stations, holding the 37th position in the US and number four in the region.