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Electric Vehicle Charging Station Opens in the Innovation Quarter


Some of the most innovative cars on the road will now have a place to recharge in downtown Winston-Salem.

Wake Forest Innovation Quarter joined with the city of Winston-Salem and the Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation (PART) on Friday, October 16 to celebrate the commissioning of a Plug-In Electric Vehicle (PEV) charging station. The two-car charging station, the first of its kind in the city, was officially opened for use after a ribbon cutting ceremony.

The charging station, manufactured by OpConnect LLC, is located near the corner of Patterson Avenue and Fourth Street in the heart of the Innovation Quarter. It was installed by PART and funded by a grant from the NC Clean Energy Technology Center.

Allen Joines, mayor of the city of Winston-Salem, spoke at the commissioning ceremony. “This [charging station] adds to the ambience of sustainability,” Joines said. “Winston-Salem is committed to sustainability.”

The PEV charging station is one of four stations located across the Piedmont Triad.

“This is a part of what we are doing to establish a more environmentally-friendly energy use pattern in our nation and in our region,” said Dan Besse, Winston-Salem councilperson and vice chair of Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation.

Innovation Quarter president Eric Tomlinson sees the charging station as one of the important steps toward Winston-Salem being a city on the cutting edge of technology.

“We are on the tipping point of creating one of the world’s greatest centers for innovation in biomedicine, information technology and clinical sciences,” Tomlinson said. “Partnerships like the ones we are celebrating today are crucial to our success.”

The charging station features plug-and-pay technology, allowing users to pay at the station by credit card. Representatives from PART and OpConnect said the cost to fully charge an electric vehicle at the station is between $4 and $5.