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Fast charging for electric vehicles to double in Vermont

Electric Charging
Program builds on state grant, combating state’s biggest cause of carbon emissions

Vermont utility, Green Mountain Power (GMP), announced yesterday the launch of a program to expand fast charging stations for electric vehicles (EVs) in Vermont in an effort to combat the state’s largest source of carbon emissions: transportation.

The program’s goal is to incorporate fast charging into parts of the state without it and encourage fast charging development along interstates and other busy roadways. The GMP program estimates that it will result in around 20 new charging stations, doubling the current 17 available.

 Businesses, communities, and other organizations interested in installing a fast charger for public use can apply to GMP’s pilot program, which offers $40,000 towards the electrical interconnection of a fast charger at 20 different locations. This reduces the price for station owners significantly. (Typically, charger station owners would pay nearly all the costs of the electrical upgrades and equipment for installation, which can add up to well over $100,000, according to GMP.)

“We are actively seeking applicants to deploy strategically located electric vehicle fast-charging stations. GMP’s investment, tied directly to the state’s efforts, will lead to additional interest and an increase in the number of fast chargers in Vermont,” said Ted Brady, deputy secretary of the Agency of Commerce and Community Development.

Use of fast chargers across GMP’s service area doubled last year, showing the growing need for expanding access. This program enhances GMP’s other EV incentives such as vehicle rebates and free home chargers which last year encouraged more than 600 GMP customers to start driving EVs, said GMP.

“We know more Vermonters will make the switch to EVs when they have greater access to fast charging, especially in rural areas. This is a win for EV drivers and for GMP customers because the program is designed to more than pay for itself, returning savings back to customers,” said Mari McClure, GMP’s president and CEO.