The Triangle Region is in the race to lower carbon emissions by reducing fossil fuel use – and we’ve taken a strong lead.

The southeast is the new capital for electric vehicle technology. Among the southern states, North Carolina has the everything your company needs to be successful - partnerships with Tier 1 research universities, leading manufacturers, abundant natural resources, and supply chain convenience.

It's a no-brainer to come to North Carolina.

North Carolina's Department of Transportation launched its ZEV Plan to reach 80K zero-emission vehicles by 2025.

EV at a Glance

There are more than 24,000 electric vehicles registered in North Carolina.
North Carolina is the number one state in the southeast pursuing alternative energy sources.
North Carolina has the largest hard rock lithium resource in North America.
More than 60 percent of the of the critical component silicon carbide (SiC) for EV chips are made in NC

An Educated Workforce

The Research Triangle Region is home to 12 major colleges and universities with 46,000 graduates each year.  

Additionally, the North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (NC A&T) graduates the largest number of black engineers in the country

North Carolina A&T

10 Bachelor programs specializing in engineering

Master programs specializing in engineering

5 PhD programs specializing in engineering

North Carolina State University

18 Bachelor programs specializing in engineering

21 Master programs specializing in engineering

13 PhD programs specializing in engineering

Duke University

275 Bachelor programs specializing in engineering

260 Master programs specializing in engineering

87 PhD programs specializing in engineering

University of North Carolina (UNC)

75 Bachelor programs specializing in engineering

4 Master programs specializing in engineering

6 PhD programs specializing in engineering

Committed to Clean Energy

North Carolina has already publicly made a commitment to clean energy and sustainability.


Executive Order #80

Signed October 29, 2018

“Executive Order 80 affirms North Carolina’s commitment to reducing statewide greenhouse gas emissions to 40% below 2005 levels, calls for a 40% reduction in energy consumption in state-owned buildings, and calls for an increase in registered, zero-emission vehicles (“ZEVs”) to at least 80,000 – all by year 2025.”

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Executive Order #246

Signed January 7, 2022

“Executive Order No. 246 updates North Carolina’s economy-wide carbon reduction emissions goals to align with climate science, reduce pollution, create good jobs and protect communities. The Order strengthens North Carolina’s commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, increasing the statewide goal to a 50% reduction from 2005 levels by 2030 and achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions as soon as possible, no later than 2050.”


House Bill 951

Signed October 13, 2021

"Today, North Carolina moves strongly into a reliable and affordable clean energy future. This new bipartisan law requires the North Carolina Utilities Commission to take steps needed to get North Carolina a 70% reduction in carbon emission by the year 2030 and to carbon neutrality by 2050," said Governor Cooper. "Making transformative change is often controversial and never easy, especially when there are different points of view on big, complex issues. But coming to the table to find common ground is how government should work."

Already Supporting EV Manufacturing

The Research Triangle Region is home and close to companies and facilities already creating the pieces and parts making electric vehicles possible.

Piedmont Lithium

Piedmont Lithium

This North Carolina-based company enables the transition to a net zero world by being one of the world’s lowest cost producers of lithium hydroxide. They are strategically located to serve the rapidly growing electric vehicle supply chain including proximity to resources, operations, and prospective customers. Piedmont is on track to be the most sustainable provider of lithium hydroxide in the world.

Albemarle Corp. Logo. (PRNewsFoto/Albemarle Corporation) (PRNewsFoto/)


Located in Kings Mountain, North Carolina, Albemarle is a leading global producer of lithium, bromine, and catalyst solutions. Their 800-acre site sits on one of the richest spodumene ore deposits in the world. Their sustainable approach to managing a diverse global footprint of resources.



Based in Cary, North Carolina, ABB is a pioneering technology leader in electrification products, robotics and motion, industrial automation, and power grids. They serve customers around the world in the areas of utilities, transportation, and infrastructure. They are writing the future of industrial digitalization.

Researching Batteries and Electric Motors

The Research Triangle Region is a place where researchers and developers can come together to share knowledge and foster community.


Center for Additive Manufacturing & Logistics

The Center for Additive Manufacturing and Logistics (CAMAL) started in 2014 with the support of the Edward P. Fitts Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE) and NC State University. The center was born from ISE’s strong manufacturing tradition, a legacy that included a pre-eminent Furniture Manufacturing and Management Center and the groundbreaking Rapid Prototyping Lab. It was in this lab that 3D-printing metal parts using the world’s first commercial ARCAM AB Electron Beam Melting (EBM) Machine started in 2003. These strong manufacturing links combined with a globally-respected faculty, gives us the background and skills to perform groundbreaking research.

FREEDM Systems Center

In 2008, the National Science Foundation chose NC State to lead an effort to create a modern power grid. At the Future Renewable Electric Energy Delivery and Management (FREEDM) Systems Engineering Research Center, universities from the United States have joined forces with industry partners to develop a more secure, sustainable environmentally friendly electric grid.

The FREEDM Center is building the internet of energy: a network of distributed energy resources that intelligently manages power using secure communications and advanced power electronics. Its research priorities include power electronics packaging, controls theory, solid state transformers, fault isolation devices, and power systems simulation and demonstration.

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Power America


PowerAmerica, a proud member of Manufacturing USA, brings together the brightest minds in the wide bandgap (WBG) semiconductor world. Semiconductor manufacturers and the companies that use power semiconductors in their products are working together to accelerate the adoption of next generation silicon carbide (SiC) and gallium nitride (GaN) power electronics.

Its objective is to reduce the cost and the perceived risk inherent with this new technology. With the backing of the U.S. Department of Energy and engagement of top researchers, we exchange knowledge and processes and provide access to an educated workforce. This enables American industry to develop more innovative power electronics products and systems.

Sites Available Now

The Triangle Region is constantly growing with more and more megasites available for rapidly expanding organizations.

EV & Battery Tech News

VinFast buys land for auto plant for $44M

August 7, 2022
The purchase of the land, which sits along Moncure Flatwood Road in Chatham County, is the latest milestone for the company’s progress toward construction