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Charged Up

While the vast majority of electric vehicle (EV) charging will occur at home or work, a “fast charging corridor” will need to be established if EVs are to be more widely adopted. The National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) program provides federal funding to states to establish this corridor. Vermont has received $21 million for this effort

Click here to read the Vermont Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Plan.

There are about 700 Level 2 chargers and 90 Level 3 fast chargers publicly available in Vermont. The state’s goal is to increase the number of electric vehicles on the road by more than 300% over the next three years. This will require three times as many fast chargers. The plan is to use the federal funds to put charging stations within one mile of every exit on Interstates 89 and 91 and every 25 miles along State Routes 9, 2, and 7. These must be 150kW stations capable of charging at least four vehicles at the same time. While the money will cover 80% of the cost, the owner of the charging facility is expected to cover the rest, which could be at least $82,000 based on current cost projections.

Click here if you would like to learn more and apply for a grant to build a charging station at your location.

For more on what makes a good site for a charging station, watch the interview below with Josh Castonguay at Green Mountain Power.

For a list of electric vehicles sold in Vermont and what they cost, click here.