Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton has secured a contract from Plug In Carolina, a non-profit organization sponsored by the state utilities, to supply and support a network of public electric vehicle (EV) ‘refueling’ stations in eight South Carolina cities.

The project, which is funded by two state grants secured through the South Carolina Energy Office, will provide publicly accessible EV charging stations at locations such as municipal parking garages, public streets and retailers.

The charging stations include multi-port configuration and depending on host city requirements, can be enabled for smart communications to facilitate the monitoring and management of the state-wide network of chargers.

The implementation of the charging network is underway in Greenville, Spartanburg, Blythewood, Columbia, Charleston, Rock Hill, Union, and Myrtle Beach, at key re-fueling hubs in each city to support the variety of new EVs entering the roadways.

Eaton president of power distribution operations Americas, Rich Stinson said that Eaton is eager to provide its comprehensive solutions to ensure that Plug In Carolina’s public EV program continues to move forward in a timely manner to support the communities in South Carolina.

“This is a perfect opportunity for Eaton to demonstrate its capabilities to support the development of charging electrical infrastructures that will assist EV drivers to go about their daily business, without being overly concerned about how they will charge their vehicles,” Stinson said.