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Some of our most requested residential electrical services include the following.

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Electrical Services for Spas and Pools

Looking to add value to your home? Installing a spa or pool is a wonderful idea to add to your list. Plus, your backyard barbecues will be much more fun. The process of installing a pool or spa isn't something you can handle on your own, though. You will need a team of experienced electricians in Fort Lawn, SC to ensure your system is set up correctly. That way, you can enjoy your pool or spa for years to come, and it'll be in great working order when it's time to sell.

Why Do I Need an Electrical Contractor for Pool or Spa Installation?

Installing a pool or spa is a very involved job that includes more than digging out space for a pool or spa. These units are very complex and have a whole host of electrical needs, from heating units and filters to color-changing lights that wow your guests. Having a professional install these parts is vital. Otherwise, you'll be swimming in a dirty, near-freezing pool or spa.

Hiring Sievert Electrical Contractors guarantees your pool or spa will be in proper working order for years and years.

EV Charging Station Installation

Finding a reliable EV charging station when you're out and about is still a gamble in this day and age. While EV charger availability is improving, most EV owners prefer to have a charging station installed at home. But doing so is easier said than done and often requires the help of a professional electrician.

Why Do I Need an Electrical Contractor for EV Charging Station Installation?

If you're like most homeowners, you don't have the proper permit to install your own EV charging station. For that reason alone, you need to rely on a pro who has the right tools and electrical know-how to handle the job. Plus, EV chargers need much more voltage than standard electrical systems you may find in your home. That makes installing these devices much more dangerous than average appliances. Hiring Sievert Electrical Contractors to install your charging station ensures it's completed quickly, correctly, and safely.

Electricians Fort Lawn, SC
Electricians Fort Lawn, SC

Standby & Portable Generators

South Carolina's hurricane season is nothing to take lightly. Every year, homeowners in the Lowcountry prepare for high winds, heavy storms, and even evacuation. One of the best ways to protect your home and family in the event of a power outage is to purchase a standby or portable generator that can power your home when electricity is out.

At Sievert Electrical, we offer the equipment and electrical services needed to keep your lights on during emergency power outages. As an Authorized Generac dealer in South Carolina, our standby and portable generators can give you the power you need when it matters most. Contact our office today to discuss what type of Generac generator is best for your home or business.

Why Do I Need an Electrical Contractor for Generator Installation?

It's always a safe choice to rely on professionals than yourself when electrical matters are involved. That's true for generator installation, too. At Sievert Electrical Contractors, our team uses OSHA and National Electrical Code standards when installing residential and commercial generators. We know how to properly install generators, maintain them, and recommend them depending on your needs.

Because we truly care about your property and your family, we always take great care to operate with safety and efficiency in mind. When we're done, you'll know without a doubt that you made the right choice hiring our electricians in Fort Lawn, SC

Commercial Upfits

Here at Sievert Electrical Contractors, one of our many commercial services involves turning working vehicles into vehicles that work for you. Whether you're an electrician or occupy a different profession, our commercial upfit services will help make your workday easier and more productive, so you can be more profitable.

Our commercial upfits help experts with a wide range of issues, including:

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Organization: One of the most common complaints we hear from tradespeople and business owners is that their trucks or vans are an organizational mess. Our upfit services help you get organized, so you're not having to toss important tools into the back of your truck.

Efficiency: With our commercial upfits in place, you won't waste time trying to find all those items you had to toss in the back of your truck. Our upfits let you carry more gear, maximize your space, and ultimately be more productive.

Professionalism: When you travel to a client's home or business, you need to present a proper image of professionalism. You'll give the wrong impression if your work van is messy and disorganized.

Don't see the commercial electric service you need? Chances are we can still help. Give our office a call today and let us know about the challenges you're facing. In the meantime, here are some additional commercial services that we offer:

  • New Business Construction Wiring
  • Commercial Upfits
  • Panel Upgrades
  • Electrical Grounding
  • Circuit Testing
  • Circuit Breaker Replacement
  • Troubleshooting
  • Commercial Lighting Installation
  • Rewiring and Remodels
  • Safety Inspections
Industrial Panel Upgrades and Installations

Industrial Panel Upgrades and Installations


Are you fed up with spending money on new fuses? Do your employees nag you about weird electrical glitches that interrupt their workflow? If so, it's time to call Sievert Electrical. Our team of commercial electricians will diagnose and remediate your electric panel problems quickly and effectively.

Installing or updating the panels in your industrial facility protects you, your co-workers, employees, and your building from electrical fire risks. Electrical panel installation from our electricians in Fort Lawn, SC is important because it protects your other electrical systems, which prolongs the overall lifespan of your system. Safety is always our top priority at Sievert Electrical Contractors, which is why we believe the right way is the only way to install or upgrade your industrial-grade electrical panels.

Our industrial panel services include:

  • Rewiring
  • Updating
  • Replacing
  • Age of System
  • Bringing Systems Up to Code
Industrial Electric Repair

Industrial Electric Repair


When it comes to electrical repair services, serving industrial needs is often more comprehensive and complex than those in the residential space.

Industrial electricians must deal with more complex electrical systems. These advanced systems often need different equipment and tools when repairs to industrial-grade elements are required. Unlike residential repairs, in industrial settings, electrical systems are usually custom-made for the facility and include unique parts with higher voltages than in the typical home. And while no electrical issue is good, industrial failures have massive repercussions that can often shut enterprises down when their temperature control, machinery, and automated PLCs are affected.

For those reasons alone, you need the best electric pros to perform industrial-level electric repairs. Fortunately, Sievert Electrical Contractors is here to help. Our industrial electricians have the experience and expertise to tackle the most complicated industrial electric repairs, whether you own a warehouse, medical center, or another type of industrial facility.

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The Tri-County Area's Most Trusted Electricians in Fort Lawn, SC

Don't leave your home or business in the hands of unqualified handymen or unlicensed contractors. With decades of combined experience, Sievert Electrical Contractors specializes in a wide variety of custom electrical services. We go the extra mile to exceed expectations, because that's how we would want our families treated. Call us today to discover the Sievert Electrical difference.

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Latest News in Fort Lawn, SC

Comporium Expands Fiber Network in Fort Lawn

FORT LAWN, S.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Most residents in Fort Lawn, SC can now take advantage of Comporium's fiber-based services. Recently the company completed upgrades to its network in the community. Customers on Comporium’s network now have access to internet speeds up to 1 gigabit per second. Comporium also set up free public wi-fi access at the Fort Lawn Community Center as an additional service to the community.“Our crews worked for ...

FORT LAWN, S.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Most residents in Fort Lawn, SC can now take advantage of Comporium's fiber-based services. Recently the company completed upgrades to its network in the community. Customers on Comporium’s network now have access to internet speeds up to 1 gigabit per second. Comporium also set up free public wi-fi access at the Fort Lawn Community Center as an additional service to the community.

“Our crews worked for months to upgrade the network throughout Fort Lawn for internet speeds of 1 gigabit per second”

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“Our crews worked for months to upgrade the network throughout Fort Lawn for internet speeds of 1 gigabit per second,” stated Matthew Dosch, Comporium’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. “Grants from the South Carolina Broadband Office provided the financial boost we needed to reach some very rural areas. Our state-of-the-art fiber-optic network ensures that this area is prepared for the future.”

Comporium continues to work with state and federal agencies to find ways to upgrade service to rural customers. Many recent upgrades were the result of Rural Broadband Grants, made possible through funding from the South Carolina Department of Commerce and administered by the South Carolina Broadband Office within the Office of Regulatory Staff.

By combining private investment with the State’s funding, Comporium made service available to more than 1,650 addresses in South Carolina this year. In May of this year the company completed a similar project and extended fiber access to more than 160 addresses in the Fort Lawn area. Comporium has extended high-speed internet access to more than 850 addresses in Chester and Lancaster Counties this year.

Comporium also takes part in the FCC’s Affordable Connectivity Program. This federal program allows eligible homes to get a $30 discount off regular monthly rates for internet. This participation is a part of the company’s ongoing commitment to the community. At the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, Comporium provided service at no charge to hundreds of student households when schools were closed for public health reasons, and continues to offer internet, voice, security, and video services with a variety of subscription options intended to suit every user’s needs.

Residents and businesses in Fort Lawn may place an order and schedule installation appointments through Comporium’s website at www.comporium.com.

About Comporium

Comporium, Inc., headquartered in Rock Hill, S.C., is a diversified, privately held communications company that employs nearly 1,000 people and provides broadband, TV, voice, wireless, smart home systems, and advertising services throughout the Carolinas. Comporium’s ventures include companies which offer business solutions, managed services, and digital signage. For more information, please visit www.comporium.com.

Healthgrades' top 2023 cardiology hospitals by state

Healthgrades has recognized hospitals nationwide for exceptional care via its "America's Best Hospitals" awards, released Jan. 17.Healthgrades used 2019-21 Medicare data to evaluate the performance of nearly 4,500 U.S. hospitals in the treatment of 31 conditions and procedures. For more information on the methodology, click here.Here are the top cardiology hospital...

Healthgrades has recognized hospitals nationwide for exceptional care via its "America's Best Hospitals" awards, released Jan. 17.

Healthgrades used 2019-21 Medicare data to evaluate the performance of nearly 4,500 U.S. hospitals in the treatment of 31 conditions and procedures. For more information on the methodology, click here.

Here are the top cardiology hospitals listed by Healthgrades in 2023:

Arizona

Mayo Clinic Hospital (Phoenix)

HonorHealth Scottsdale Thompson Peak Medical Center (Scottsdale)

Banner-University Medical Center South (Tucson)

HonorHealth Scottsdale Shea Medical Center (Scottsdale)

Verde Valley Medical Center (Cottonwood)

California

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (West Hollywood)

St. John's Regional Medical Center (Oxnard)

CPMC Van Ness Campus (San Francisco)

Methodist Hospital of Southern California (Arcadia)

UCSD Medical Center-Hillcrest (San Diego)

Colorado

Swedish Medical Center (Englewood)

Saint Joseph Hospital (Denver)

Sky Ridge Medical Center (Lone Tree)

Penrose Hospital (Colorado Springs)

St. Anthony Hospital (Lakewood)

Connecticut

Hartford Hospital

Saint Francis Hospital (Hartford)

Norwalk Hospital

Florida

AdventHealth Orlando

Orlando Health Orlando Regional Medical Center

NCH Baker Downtown (Naples)

HCA Florida Osceola Hospital (Kissimmee)

Lee Memorial Hospital (Fort Myers)

Georgia

Piedmont Hospital (Atlanta)

Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital (Atlanta)

Emory University Hospital Midtown (Atlanta)

Emory Johns Creek Hospital (Johns Creek)

Piedmont Newnan Hospital (Newnan)

Illinois

Northwestern Medicine McHenry Hospital

Rush University Medical Center (Chicago)

Northwestern Memorial Hospital (Chicago)

Advocate Christ Hospital and Medical Center (Oak Lawn)

The University of Chicago Medical Center

Indiana

Franciscan Health Indianapolis

St. Catherine Hospital (East Chicago)

Eskenazi Health (Indianapolis)

Indiana University Health Arnett Hospital (Lafayette)

Hendricks Regional Health (Danville)

Maryland

MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center (Baltimore)

MedStar Union Memorial Hospital (Baltimore)

University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center (Towson)

Massachusetts

Baystate Medical Center (Springfield)

Saint Vincent Hospital (Worcester)

Lahey Hospital and Medical Center (Burlington)

Salem Hospital

Brigham and Women's Hospital (Boston)

Michigan

Beaumont Hospital, Troy

Ascension Borgess Hospital (Kalamazoo)

Ascension Providence Hospital-Southfield Campus

Ascension Genesys Hospital (Grand Blanc)

McLaren Northern Michigan (Petoskey)

Minnesota

Mayo Clinic Hospital, Saint Mary’s Campus (Rochester)

M Health Fairview Southdale Hospital (Edina)

Mayo Clinic Health System Mankato

Missouri

Research Medical Center (Kansas City)

Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City

Barnes Jewish Hospital (St. Louis)

New Jersey

Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center (Livingston)

Hackensack Meridian Health Jersey Shore University Medical Center (Neptune)

Hackensack University Medical Center

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset (Somerville)

Overlook Medical Center (Summit)

New York

NYU Langone Health Tisch Hospital (New York City)

Mount Sinai Hospital (New York City)

NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center (New York City)

Mount Sinai Morningside (New York City)

Lenox Hill Hospital (New York City)

North Carolina

Mission Hospital (Asheville)

Atrium Health Union (Monroe)

Atrium Health Cabarrus (Concord)

Atrium Health Carolinas Medical Center (Charlotte)

Johnston Health (Smithfield)

Ohio

ProMedica Toledo Hospital

Mercy Health-St. Rita's Medical Center (Lima)

Riverside Methodist Hospital (Columbus)

Mercy Health-Springfield Regional Medical Center

Hillcrest Hospital (Mayfield Heights)

Pennsylvania

Grand View Health (Sellersville)

Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia)

Penn Presbyterian Medical Center (Philadelphia)

Pennsylvania Hospital (Philadelphia)

WellSpan Chambersburg Hospital

South Carolina

Roper Hospital (Charleston)

MUSC Health University Medical Center (Charleston)

St. Francis Downtown (Greenville)

Tennessee

TriStar Hendersonville Medical Center

TriStar Centennial Medical Center (Nashville)

CHI Memorial Hospital Chattanooga

Texas

Methodist Hospital (San Antonio)

Houston Methodist Hospital (Houston)

St. David's Medical Center (Austin)

Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center (Houston)

William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital (Dallas)

Virginia

Bon Secours St. Francis Medical Center (Midlothian)

Henrico Doctors' Hospital (Richmond)

St. Mary's Hospital (Richmond)

Sentara Norfolk General Hospital

Inova Loudoun Hospital (Leesburg)

Wisconsin

Froedtert Hospital (Milwaukee)

Aurora Saint Lukes Medical Center (Milwaukee)

UW Health University Hospital (Madison)

UnityPoint Health Meriter (Madison)

Ascension Columbia Saint Mary's Hospital Milwaukee

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Gallo opens first phase of South Carolina plant. It’s hiring at Modesto home, too

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster talked about all that comes with the new Gallo Operations Facility in Fort Lawn.“This is a great thing,” McMaster said. “This offers careers, long-term employment with good benefits and good work in a great company. This was a great step forward, not only for the state but for this area.”McMaster and Ernest Gallo, the CEO of the Modesto-based E.&J. Gallo Winery, were in Chester County for the Oct. 7 ribbon-cutting ceremony. Gallo is the grandson and namesake of the ...

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster talked about all that comes with the new Gallo Operations Facility in Fort Lawn.

“This is a great thing,” McMaster said. “This offers careers, long-term employment with good benefits and good work in a great company. This was a great step forward, not only for the state but for this area.”

McMaster and Ernest Gallo, the CEO of the Modesto-based E.&J. Gallo Winery, were in Chester County for the Oct. 7 ribbon-cutting ceremony. Gallo is the grandson and namesake of the co-founder in 1933 of what is now the world’s largest wine producer.

The new plant could add close to 500 people to the Gallo workforce of about 6,500. It has operations in the San Joaquin Valley, in coastal regions of California and in the states of Washington and New York. The company also imports wine from several nations and produces or distributes several types of liquor.

Gallo has said the South Carolina branch will not mean loss of jobs elsewhere. And in fact, its website listed 59 openings at the Yosemite Boulevard headquarters as of Wednesday.

Construction of the regional distribution facility in Fort Lawn started in June 2021, and there was a push to get it ready by the projected date of Oct. 3. However, company officials said this is just the first phase en route to a long and successful partnership with South Carolina.

“It feels fantastic,” said Stein Edwards, Gallo’s senior director of operations in South Carolina. “This community has been very welcoming, bringing us in. They welcomed us with open arms.

“A lot of our folks that we’ve hired are from this very local area. And they’ve been watching this project for several years, and a lot of them said, ‘Hey, we can’t wait to get started, and we’re so happy what you’re doing for the community.’ So it’s really neat to be a part of.”

Gallo officials said they expect to add manufacturing lines in 2023 as they begin production and making further investments in the state.

Brooke Clinton, president of the Chester County Chamber of Commerce, said the facility will have an impact on the local area both now and in the future.

There are about 80 people working at the site, and Gallo is adding employees.

“We’re training the folks right now,” said Erich Kaepp, the vice president of eastern operations at Gallo. “We’re going through a new warehouse management system, so they’re learning how to do all those kinds of things and get ready to ship. We’ve successfully gotten eight trucks so far. We’ve gotten them all received, so it seems to be going okay, so far.”

The company cited access to the Southeast market and South Carolina’s infrastructure as reasons for choosing its East Coast operations location.

McMaster said there will be more business opportunities coming to the state. He said the people and culture are what draw companies here.

Gallo Wants To Build Bottling Plant In South Carolina

E. & J. Gallo plans to build a new bottling plant in South Carolina, a facility that would serve as Gallo’s main hub east of the Mississippi, according to various reports.The world’s biggest wine company plans to build the plant on more than 600 acres in Fort Lawn, Chester County, in an area once known for its textile mills, according to the multiple sources. Fort Lawn is about 45 minutes south from Charlotte Douglas International Airport and an hour north from Columbia, SC.Modesto-based Gallo plans to invest mo...

E. & J. Gallo plans to build a new bottling plant in South Carolina, a facility that would serve as Gallo’s main hub east of the Mississippi, according to various reports.

The world’s biggest wine company plans to build the plant on more than 600 acres in Fort Lawn, Chester County, in an area once known for its textile mills, according to the multiple sources. Fort Lawn is about 45 minutes south from Charlotte Douglas International Airport and an hour north from Columbia, SC.

Modesto-based Gallo plans to invest more than $400 million over the next eight years and hire nearly 500 employees, Rob Donoho, head of Gallo’s global chain functions, told South Carolina state legislators on March 9. It would only be the first of five phases, Donoho noted.

“This is really intended to be our East Coast home for the Gallo enterprise for decades and decades to come,” Donoho said.

The plant, which could be reached by rail, would be designed to bottle wine in different formats, including glass, cans, bag-in-box and small plastic bottles, according to Donoho. It will also be a warehousing and distribution center for wine bottled in California and shipped to Chester County, according to Donoho’s presentation. The company could also produce its own cans on site, Donoho said.

Gallo, an importer and exporter, also plans to “double or triple” its operations at the Port of Charleston, according to Donoho.

No timeline has been given. Still Donoho and other representatives spoke of the company’s commitment.

“We do actively want to come to South Carolina. There has been a tremendous vetting process,” Donoho told the South Carolina Senate Judiciary subcommittee which is considering a bill to allow Gallo to have up to four satellite tasting rooms for educational and marketing purposes. “We’re very close to closing the deal,” he said.

Donoho cited the economic and environmental benefits of having the plant in South Carolina, given that about 70 percent of its customers are on the East Coast.

“Being a wine grape producer on the West Coast puts us at a logistics disadvantage to getting products to our consumers,” Donoho said. Shipping “heavy” glass bottles and cardboard cross country, he said, was “very expensive.”

Instead, it is “much cheaper“ for the company to ship its wine to the East Coast and source the glass and other packaging locally, Donoho said. “There is a tremendous logistics advantage to doing that.”

Donoho also noted the “sustainability” benefit of “not burning as much fuel to get the product to the consumers.”

The state’s other benefits would include supply chain revenues and the demand for trucking services, according to the presentation. In addition, the satellite tasting rooms Gallo wants to open could spur tourism, Donoho and others said.

Minimum wage in South Carolina is $7.25/hour.

Among the factors that led Gallo to choose South Carolina to build its “East Coast home,” Donoho cited South Carolina’s business-friendly climate, its location to the port of Charleston, and S.C. Ready, a state-sponsored job training program. “It’s truly one of the things that attracted us to the state,” he said.

Donoho addressed the subcommittee as the state Legislature considers S. 619, a bill that would allow Gallo to have up to four satellite tasting rooms in the state. Gallo’s representatives have called the provision a “critical” point to the company coming to the state. The tasting rooms will be a marketing and educational tool and will build brand awareness, Donoho said. Their locations for the tasting rooms, which could be 800 to 1,200 square feet, according to Donoho, were not specified.

South Carolina’s top elected officials, including Gov. Henry McMaster, have strongly backed the Gallo project in Chester County.

In a March 9 letter to the state legislators, McMaster urged support for S. 619. Gallo was “very close to announcing a once-in-a-generation $400 million capital investment in Chester County that will create nearly 500 jobs,” McMaster wrote. The investment will “transform the community and contribute greatly to South Carolina’s economic prosperity.”

E. & J. Gallo, he wrote, “is a well-respected, family owned company with products that are distributed across the globe.”

South Carolina State Sen. Brad Hutto, D – Orangeburg, voiced support for Gallo, noting the jobs that could be created. “We look forward to having them,” Hutto said, referring to Gallo.

The Senate Judiciary subcommittee was scheduled to meet again Thursday regarding S. 619. Current state wine law does not address satellite tasting rooms. The legislation was drafted after the South Carolina’s Department of Commerce, which is helping Gallo come to the state, approached the Department of Revenue to figure out the next steps, according to testimony before the state’s Senate Judiciary subcommittee.

The state Department of Commerce has submitted an application to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to seek a permit to build the plant. Construction would require filling about 1 acre of wetlands and about 8,000 feet of tributaries, according to the public notice. The environmental evaluation of the project is under way, according to the federal agency.

Gallo’s name was not mentioned as the applicant behind the Fort Lawn project until recently.

The financial agreement between Gallo and local officials has not been unveiled either. The Chester County Council has discussed the project, code named “Project Magma,” in closed-door sessions.

The secrecy did not sit well with Michael McLain who lives near the site where the proposed Gallo facility may be built. He found the identity of his potential new neighbor through the U.S. Corps of Engineers, he said. “You’re not watching after us,” McLain told the Chester County Council early March.

The plant is going to “squash the value of my property and my home and is going to be annoying the crap out of me every morning and every evening by being right across the street from me, shining lights in and out of my house,” McLain said.

This week, however, a manager at The Wagon Wheel restaurant in Fort Lawn said the Gallo plant would bring jobs to the community.

The South Carolina Department of Commerce and a Gallo representative declined to give more specifics on the company’s South Carolina plans.

“E. & J. Gallo Winery is constantly reviewing the strategic options of its business in order to meet growing global demand; toward that end, we are exploring potential operational investment opportunities on the east coast. Nothing is finalized at this stage and we don’t have specifics at this time, however we are continuing to explore strategic options within our business as we plan for the future,” Gallo representative Natalie Hoch Henderson said in an email.

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E & J Gallo Winery

Feds Approve South Carolina’s $25M EV Charging Plan

(TNS) — The approval of a new state plan to add electric vehicle charging stations could add to more than a dozen already in York County.Federal approval of South Carolina’s Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Deployment Plan announced recently puts more than $25 million for new stations statewide in the next two years. The announcement is part of $1.5 billion to build chargers across 75,000 miles of highway nationwide.U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said in an announcement last week that plans for all 50 s...

(TNS) — The approval of a new state plan to add electric vehicle charging stations could add to more than a dozen already in York County.

Federal approval of South Carolina’s Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Deployment Plan announced recently puts more than $25 million for new stations statewide in the next two years. The announcement is part of $1.5 billion to build chargers across 75,000 miles of highway nationwide.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said in an announcement last week that plans for all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico received federal approval. The aim is to allow Americans from large cities to rural areas access to electric vehicle use.

“America led the original automotive revolution in the last century, and today, thanks to the historic resources in the President’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, we’re poised to lead in the 21st century with electric vehicles,” Buttigieg said.

The South Carolina funding will focus first on high-powered chargers along 759 miles of designated EV corridors.

The South Carolina plan prioritizes chargers along interstates.

Initial focus will go to rural sections along the interstate, according to the approved plan, where lack of urban facilities make EV usage less likely. Public involvement will follow to revise the plan and determine exact locations. Public engagement should begin in mid-2023.

The full length of I-77 in South Carolina is listed in the state’s alternative fuel corridor area. So is the full length of I-85 and a portion of I-26. Another section of I-26 and all of I-95 and I-20 in South Carolina are listed in the plan as pending designations.

Public involvement will include everything from planning organizations like the Rock Hill-Fort Mill Area Transportation Study to gas station owners, car and tire makers, utility professionals and more.

The plan also addresses signs and branding. In late 2020, Palmetto Clean Fuels Coalition launched a program to standardize charging station signs. So far 87 free signs have been distributed to and installed for participating charging stations. All South Carolina public charging stations are eligible.

The state plan shows 19 existing public charging sites in York, Lancaster and Chester counties. They combine for 51 chargers. In 2016, the Rock Hill region had six public charging stations. In 2020 there were 11 stations.

Most of the stations are in Rock Hill. A dozen stations with with 28 chargers include one or two plugs each at city hall, the municipal garage, operations center, Riverwalk YMCA, airport and Galleria Boulevard.

Tega Cay has two chargers on Stonecrest Boulevard. Indian Land has three stations on Calvin Hall Road, with six combined chargers. Richburg and Fort Lawn each have two chargers.

The largest charging stations are all Tesla setups. There are 12 chargers at the Comfort Inn in Fort Mill. Three more Rock Hill hotels and the Pump House restaurant have two to five Tesla chargers each. No public charging station outside of the Tesla stations has more than two chargers, in the region.

None of the five charging stations in alternative fuel corridors are in the Rock Hill region.

In 2016, South Carolina had about 2,000 fully electric or hybrid vehicles registered. The count increased 32-51% each of the next four years. Last year, the more than 12,000 electric or hybrid vehicles was a 64% increase from the year prior.

Still, electric or hybrid vehicles are not the majority. Federal Highway Administration data shows South Carolina has almost 3.9 million licensed drivers.

South Carolina has 918 public charging ports. President Joe Biden set a goal for half of all new vehicles sold nationwide by 2030 to be zero-emissions vehicles.

“Every single state, D.C. and Puerto Rico are working to leverage the investments from the President’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to expand domestic electric vehicle charging across America,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm.

“President Biden is leading the shift to electrify transportation,” U.S. Sec. of Energy Jennifer Granholm said in the release, “ensuring drivers can commute and charge confidently and affordably, and lessening our oversized reliance on fossil fuels while combating climate change.”

The five-year funding plan includes more than $10 million this fiscal year and almost $15 million each of the next four years.

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