Electric Vehicle Charging in Boone
With gas prices always fluctuating, more and more consumers are looking towards, electric vehicles as their main form of transportation. On top of that, Governor Roy Copper signed Executive Order No. 246 on January 7th, 2022, which states that North Carolina's goals, in addition to the goals previously stated in Executive Order No. 80, for lowering its GHG emissions are as follows:
- Reduce statewide GHG emissions to at least 50 percent below 2005 levels by 2030 and achieve net-zero emissions as soon as possible, no later than 2050; and
- Increase the total number of registered, ZEVs to at least 1,250,000 by 2030 and increase the sale of ZEVs so that 50 percent of in-state sales of new vehicles are zero-emission by 2030.
With at least 1,250,000 electric vehicles, if not more, in North Carolina, the need for updated infrastructure is necessary. In order to get ahead of the curve, the Town of Boone has committed to install multiple level 2 chargers throughout municipally-owned property. Not only that, they're absolutely free to use! Depending on where they are located, parking fees may charged. Below is a list of currently installed Town of Boone chargers, as well as a map to all chargers located in Boone and the surrounding community.
North Depot Street:
The very first electric chargers installed by the Town of Boone, these chargers are located on North Depot Street, right across the street from Lost Province Brewing Co. Here, we have a 50KhW, 480 volt fast charger with a CHADeMO connector, which was manufactured by BTC Power and installed in April 2016. In addition to this charger, the Town of Boone also has a 30 amp, 240 volt Siemans Versicharge Level 2 Charger with a SAE J1772 style connector, which is compatible with most, if not all, electric vehicles. This charger was installed in December 2019. Currently, the Town is not charging parking for these two spaces, however it is limited to 4 hour parking.
Downtown Post Office:
Located directly in the heart of Downtown Boone, the Town of Boone installed a dual head ClipperCreek level 2 charging station in March 2022. Charging at this station is absolutely free, however we do have metered parking at these spots. But, at $1.00 an hour for parking, it's just pennies in comparison to the price of gas. While the meter is limited to 2 hour parking, there isn't a limit to how long you can park here. As long as you feed the meter, EVs are welcome to stay here as long as possible. Parking in Downtown Boone is monitored 8am to 5pm Monday through Saturday, so all parking is free afterwards (and all day Sunday).
Multi-Hour Parking Near Town Hall:
Installed April 2022, the Town of Boone offers another opportunity for EV owners to park and charge their vehicles with an additional dual head ClipperCreek level 2 charging station. In our multi-hour parking lots, users may pay for up to 9 hours a day. Make day plans around Downtown Boone and come back to a fully charged vehicle. Just make sure to display your receipt on the driver's side dashboard!
The Jones House
Located at the Jones House on the far left side, Boone offers a ClipperCreek level 2 charging station. And the best part is, charging and parking at this location are free! Head on over to the Jones House, plug up your vehicle, and go learn more about what events we're hosting, what local artist or artists we are showcasing that month, and what live music will be playing!
Boone Jaycee Park:
Don't want to hang out in Downtown Boone? Have kids who just need to let off a little bit of steam after a long trip? Located in the middle of Boone, the Town of Boone installed a single head ClipperCreek level 2 charging station at the Boone Jaycee Park. Boone Jaycee Park has a variety of different play equipment for children of all ages, including two sets of swings, a play place for younger children, multiple climbing areas and a sandbox! It even has a community library with books for all ages. This charging station is also located just minutes from the Daniel Boone Park, home to the Watauga County Farmers' Market, the infamous Horn in the West Outdoor Drama, and the Daniel Boone Native Gardens. Parking here is free, so go out and enjoy all our beautiful mountain town has to offer.
Watauga County Courthouse
Located just a little past the Watauga County Courthouse, the Town of Boone has installed a ClipperCreek level 2 charging station! Similar to the charging stations located by the Downtown Boone Post Office, charging at this station is free, just pay for parking! The parking meter is for up to two hours, however, as long as the meter is fed you are good to go!
Chargers Throughout Boone
With the amount of electric vehicles coming to our community, whether through our permeant residents or through our tourist population, local businesses are beginning to add charging stations to their parking lots. Below is a map through PlugShare, an app meant to connect all EV owners to available chargers in their community, which shows not only where all Town owned and operated chargers are, but also chargers found throughout the Boone Community.