Connecticut, like we reported on Guam yesterday, is a little slice of America with big electric vehicle ideas. The state was one of eight to recently sign a pact aiming to have 3.3 million zero emissions vehicles on the roads by 2025, and now its governor Daniel Malloy has announced funding for for 56 publicly-available EV charging stations in 42 locations statewide.
Back in July Connecticut indicated it had $200,000 available to “provide financial incentives for private businesses and municipalities that are interested in installing publicly accessible electric vehicle charging stations.” This money came from provisions of an April 2012 settlement agreement with the state that allowed for the merger of Northeast Utilities and NStar. $135,946 was awarded in this go around, with individual offerings ranging between $1,000 and $5,000,
depending on the specific requirements of each project and the technology being used. Each grant will make up a partial amount of the total cost of hardware and installation costs, meaning that each award will drive private investment in a network of charging stations across the state.
A goal set by state officials back at the time of the initial grant announcement was to more than double the 81 publicly available charging stations in the state to 200 by the end of 2013. With what’s being added, more options will now be available “at restaurants, businesses, colleges, medical centers, municipal parking facilities, and other convenient locations.” In some cases these will consist of multiple locations in one city, as well as adding stations that can service multiple vehicles at one time.
“Our goal is a network of charging stations that allows anyone driving an electric vehicle to travel anywhere in our state with total confidence that they will be able to recharge their car battery when necessary,” said Governor Malloy in a statement. “These grants will help fulfill my vision of a cheaper, cleaner, and more reliable energy future for the families and businesses of our state.”