Early in 2020, Albemarle EMC installed an electric vehicle charging station at the Hampton Inn, in Edenton. All of the purchase cost of the charging station and most of the installation costs was paid for by a grant from the N.C. Electric Membership Corporation. Visitors to the hotel are now able to charge their vehicles and pay Albemarle EMC with a credit card at the charging station. The station is a single pedestal with the ability to charge two vehicles simultaneously. The unit features a color LCD screen that plays an instructional video in multiple languages. Driver phone support is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Electric cooperatives throughout the state are installing charging stations in their service territories. Charging stations are particularly attractive because of the underutilized electrical capacity that all power companies have at night. Albemarle EMC is also part of a growing statewide network of charging stations.