Electric vehicle drivers and intrigued visitors of the North Carolina Zoo enjoyed a recent educational outreach event hosted by Randolph Electric on Sept. 29 during National Drive Electric Week.
Members of the public and Zoo visitors gathered at 10 a.m. to hear remarks from representatives of the Zoo, REMC and local organizations.
“It was exciting to be part of this celebration," said Zoo Director and CEO Pat Simmons. "We always welcome the opportunity to introduce our green fleet to visitors and reinforce our commitment to sustainable practices that reduce our impact on the natural world."
At the event, Randolph EMC representatives described how they work with EV owners to evaluate their vehicles’ impact on the electric grid. The REMC Electric Vehicle Utility Program (REVUP) offers members of the cooperative a $500 rebate on a level 2 EV charger for their home. REMC also provides special time-of-use rates that encourage them to charge during off-peak hours when energy is less expensive.
"More of our members are asking about the benefits of EV ownership," said REMC's Director of Innovative Energy Solutions Michael Trent. "Randolph Electric is dedicated to educating our members about how to power your home, your life and your vehicle." Honorary guest Kevin Franklin, president of the Randolph County Economic Development Corporation, outlined the new jobs and opportunities in the local area made possible by EV manufacturing. Dealerships including Ford, Chevrolet, Toyota and Subaru allowed visitors to test drive new vehicles, so they could understand the EV experience firsthand.
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