INCREASING EV ADOPTION AND VISIBILITY IN SOUTH CAROLINA
WHAT IS THE SOUTH CAROLINA ELECTRIC VEHICLE MARKET STUDY?
Recognizing the importance of preparing South Carolina for increased EV sales and interest, Palmetto Clean Fuels conducted this study to address the following (and related) issues:
- An assessment of the current EV infrastructure and policy framework in South Carolina
- An analysis of trends and the outlook for the future
- Actions to prepare South Carolina for future EV development
Plug in SC Plan (PDF)
Plug in SC Incentive Program
The Plug in SC Incentive Program enables qualifying participants to obtain standardized EV signage manufactured by the South Carolina Department of Corrections. The Plug in SC Incentive Program provides funding to the South Carolina Department of Corrections to purchase standardized EV charging station signage in South Carolina. Funding for this project comes from the US Department of Energy through the US Department of Energy Clean Cities Program Grant. Funding will be provided to the SC Department of Corrections to manufacturer the two (2) electric vehicle charging signs for each site identified. The SC Department of Corrections will then send the signs to the qualifying participant to be posted at the EV charging station(s). More information and the application is available on the Energy Office website.
Ensure that all EV infrastructure is visible and recognizable by adopting the federal guidelines specified in the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices
General Service Signs
To direct motorists to publicly accessible infrastructure, use the Alternate Electric Vehicle Charging Symbol in combination with directional arrows along highways
Outline EV charging spaces with green pavement markings
Label the outside of parking garages with signage indicating on which level EV charging is located
Use the Alternate Electric Vehicle Charging Symbol in combination with the “no parking except electric vehicles” regulatory sign
The Plug in SC logo is an optional addition to parking pavement markings. PCF has created a pavement stencil for local governments, state agencies, utilities, businesses, and other organizations that house EV charging stations to use when marking their EV parking spaces. This stencil is available on loan from PCF as needed. To request this stencil, contact PalmettoCleanFuels@ors.sc.gov.
Efforts should include deployment of infrastructure and standardization of permitting across the state
Strategically install infrastructure at targeted locations:
- Rest areas and welcome centers
- Shopping centers and malls
- Industrial manufacturing and shipping facilities
Alternative Fuel Corridors
Advance the deployment of AFVs and necessary infrastructure along designated AFV corridors
South Carolina State Energy Plan
Address top-tier recommendations relating to transportation
Allocate 15% of the mitigation funds to EV infrastructure
OUTREACH AND EDUCATION
Assist employers to establish workplace charging programs
Create an award program to recognize employers who demonstrate a commitment to advancing EVs
Develop a social media campaign and dedicated EV web content that builds on Best.Drive.EVer.
Digital content includes:
- Web banners
- Digital handouts