ECU hosts electric vehicle demonstration day

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) – Charging ports and electric vehicles were all geared up heading into Earth Week at ECU.

Monique Powell purchased her electric vehicle four years ago.

“Gas was expensive, and things were changing where I could finally afford an electric vehicle, so I switched over from gas to electric,” Powell said.

Electric vehicle owners, environmental advocates, technology specialists, and ECU’s sustainability program came together to promote electric vehicles.

“Just a much more sustainable way to go to and from work, to go run your errands, go grocery shopping, and around town,” said Chad Carwein, ECU Sustainability Manager.

Carwein says on demonstration days like this, ride-a-longs and connecting with current owners of electric vehicles to talk about their experience can bring more familiarity and information about electric vehicles.

Brandon Smith, EV Noire consultant and an electric vehicle Tesla owner himself says there are still areas that need work for broader vehicle usage and efficient battery disposals.

“Better ways to dispose of the batteries, finding better ways to recycle ones that can be recycled, finding better ways to source the batteries and materials that go into them, better ways to manufacture and more efficient ways to get these vehicles on the road. A huge next step is to develop a more robust charging infrastructure,” Smith shared.

The ECU sustainability program also signed the charge-at-work pledge to adopt more charging ports for electric vehicles at workplaces nationwide.