Boone is about 20 minutes from Banner Elk and home to the closest Walmart, Kmart, shopping center, etc. It’s also home to Makoto’s Japanese Steak House, not only a place for great food but the only place where local residence can change their electric cars.
Makoto’s is the first business in the High Country to provide electric vehicle charging to customers, which can receive an hour for free when dinning at the restaurant. The 240V station will fully charge the average car in about 4 hours. Dinner or lunch isn’t enough time for a full charge, but for electric car owners, it’s certainly an incentive to use a business.
The closest public vehicle charging stations are in charlotte, but not for long, as Appalachian State University plans to install stations this summer.
As electric vehicles become more common, it’s important that businesses like Makoto’s help with the infrastructure to support the green movement. North Carolina, and other states, has begun installing charging stations at rest areas along interstate and some hotels have made charging available to guests, but it’s still difficult for electric vehicle owners to travel long distances. While home charging stations can be installed for a few hundred dollars, commercial stations cost more and are less common.
If you’re a Green Supporter, then support businesses like Makoto’s and help the movement to go electric.
Banner Haven B&B and Cabin Rentals will provide a 10% discount to any guest with an electric vehicle and provide a 110v charging cord for their stay. Everyone has to do their part, if we want the Green movement to succeed.
A list of NC electric charging stations can be found at www.afdc.energy.gov
Banner Haven B&B and Cabin Rentals
A Banner Elk North Carolina Bed and Breakfast
Innkeepers – Greg and Amy Gardner
509 Beech Mountain Parkway
Banner Elk, NC 28604
Rates starting at $55 per night (including breakfast)