80 electric car charging stations planned in SC

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Local governments across South Carolina are planning to set up 80 car charging stations as new electric cars arrive in the state.

The State newspaper reported Monday that a nonprofit organization called Plug-In Carolina is coordinating efforts to set up places where vehicles like the Chevrolet Volt and the Nissan Leaf can be recharged.

Plug-In Carolina has obtained grants from the South Carolina Energy Office and gotten support from public utilities to help with the projects.

Local governments in Columbia, Greenville, Charleston, Conway, Myrtle Beach, Spartanburg, Rock Hill and Union each plan to install charging stations. The first 40 of them open Dec. 8.

But Plug-In Carolina's Jim Poch says the primary charging place for electric cars should be at home.

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