ChargeSC is leading the way to empower South Carolina and its residents to realize the benefits of e-Mobility and bolster the State’s logistics and automotive industries, overcoming any initial speed bumps and powering forward. ChargeSC, an initiative of SC Competes, will take a collaborative approach, partnering with public, private, academic, and nonprofit sectors to connect the state’s assets to generate awareness about electric vehicles and promote adoption of e-Mobility vehicles, accelerate a robust electric charging infrastructure, and advance policies and incentives to make electric transportation an attractive and cost effective option for drivers, moving toward a sustainable transportation ecosystem for South Carolina.
CHARGESC EV WORKING GROUP
SC Competes convened its initial roundtable discussion event in April of 2021, led by SC Logistics Director, Taylor Jackson. Participants included investor-owned utilities, transportation service providers, automotive OEMs, and state agencies including SC Department of Commerce and the SC Energy Office.
The goal of the ChargeSC EV Working Group is to identify the issues and opportunities around e-mobility in our state, including:
Needs of medium and heavy trucking electrification
What policy/incentives would kickstart efforts?
Stay tuned for recommendations, and contact Taylor Jackson at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to be included in the next roundtable discussion.
NEWS & INSIGHTS
Accelerating EV Adoption: Awareness, Infrastructure, Cost
We need to make residents aware of the advancements made and options available in the EV space, working to provide educational outreach opportunities to promote the longevity and wide variety of models available, dispel common misconceptions and misinformation, quantify the sustainability benefits, and get residents in the driver’s seat of an EV to experience, firsthand, the ease and excitement of driving an EV.
Charging infrastructure expansion is vitally important to reaching the goals of ChargeSC, not only through the sheer increase of charging hardware and stations with utility coordination, but also through software/networking coordination with vehicle and charging station software testing and proper maintenance and update plans for the charging infrastructure. Building a resilient and managed fast charging ecosystem, targeting rural areas that have been overlooked in the provision of vehicle charging capabilities, will lead to more widespread adoption and make for a more enjoyable experience for all EV drivers.
Making EVs financially attractive throughout the life cycle of the vehicle should be a fundamental goal. We will be looking at policies implemented by competitor states and collaborating with SC’s stakeholders to recommend marketable incentives and rebates to SC EV drivers.
EVENTS & MEDIA
2021 SC Manufacturing Conference
The era of the electrified vehicle (EV) has arrived. The EV landscape is changing rapidly, from infrastructure and utilities to consumer vehicles and logistics carriers. What will EV mean for South Carolina, in terms of fleet electrification, sustainability, and economic development? How are South Carolina manufacturers, utilities, and supply chain experts capitalizing on the EV movement?
Volvo Trucks: Brett Pope, Director of Electric Vehicles
Benore Logistics: Dennis Kunz, VP of Revenue Strategy& Operations Development