Connecticut Utility Tests EV Chargers

Connecticut Light & Power (CL&P) has announced a program to install charging stations across the state as part of a research project with parent company Northeast Utilities.

The charging stations are set to be installed in Westport, Mansfield, Torrington, Stamford and West Hartford and municipal and business locations. Data from the units will be analyzed by Northeast Utilities to decide how the company will move forward with policy and infrastructure.

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Northeast Utilities has started a similar roll out in Massachusetts, and hopes to have more than thirty charging stations installed and gathering information before the end of the year. The utility firm is also working with Chevy Volt models with a California organization, and says it is focusing on public charging stations to get a better idea of how users on-the-go will depend on the units as opposed to at-home, overnight charging.

Connecticut has become one of the focal regions for electric vehicle deployment, not only for the Volt, but for the new plug-in Prius and BMW’s electric car, so it seems only fitting that the state is testing charging stations in a variety of locations. Hopefully the data collected will go to consumer improvement in the coming months.

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