WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Electric cars used to seem like something of the future, but the future is now, and more folks around the nation and locally are buying hybrid and electric cars. The City of Wilmington and Progress Energy are teaming up to encourage more folks to get plugged in.
Tomorrow night City Council will consider a resolution to install two charging stations in the Market Street parking deck.
Progress Energy approached the city about the pilot project. The energy company will provide the equipment and install it. The city will only have to pay for the amount of electricity used, which is estimated to be about $10 a month.
Councilman Kevin O’Grady said the pilot program is a great way to be proactive when it comes to changing technology and the environment.
“We do have a commitment to sustainability here, so we’re hoping that this will encourage people to own electric vehicles,” O’Grady said.
As far as demand goes, O’Grady says he believes there are about 100 electric cars currently on the streets of Wilmington. Car dealerships we spoke with say electric cars are in high demand and flying out of showrooms.