Electric vehicles will become more and more prevalent in New England.
That’s the goal of two different initiatives kicking off this year in Vermont and Maine. Both programs encourage electric vehicle (EV) usage. Vermont’s Green Mountain Power provides rebates of up to $2,500, whereas Maine is installing fast-charge EV charging stations along key sports in its road network and providing rebates of up to $2,000.
Lawmakers and renewable energy advocates hope the programs will encourage drivers to switch from gas-powered cars to elective vehicles.
Green Mountain Power CEO: Vermont Needs “Bold and Aggressive Strategies” for EVs
In Vermont, Green Mountain Power is a vocal entity in the EV discussion. Green Mountain launched its EV rebate program in March and, since then, CEO Mary Powell has provided no shortage of statements about the benefits of the program.
“Transportation accounts for the largest source of carbon emissions in Vermont and that means in order to meet our state’s energy goal, we must focus our efforts on bold and aggressive strategies to make electric vehicles available to more Vermonters,” Powell said this past July.
The company has been active in promoting electric vehicles. This past month, they hosted a pair of test drive events at which Vermonters could drive EVs.
Maine Is Turning Volkswagen Scandal Into Fast-Charge Stations
Maine has launched a fast-charge EV station program thanks to $3.15 million it received from a settlement with Volkswagen in the wake of the auto maker’s emissions scandal.
Efficiency Maine, the organization overseeing the state’s EV promotion, is using the funding to install a network of seven fast-charge EV charging stations.
Their internal documents reveal their two main goals are to “strengthen the Maine economy” and “advance Maine’s progress toward reducing emissions … from light-duty vehicles.”
In a correspondence with Energy Pages, Efficiency Maine said it sees this program meeting the needs of a growing public interest in EVs and charging.
Furthermore, they hope that the construction of the seven fast-charge stations along with the 159 available charging stations already in the state, will encourage car manufacturers, major employers and utilities to do the same.
Three of the seven charging stations Efficiency Maine is building are under construction at the time of publishing.
The state also provides $2,000 rebates for qualified electric vehicles, as well as $1,000 rebates for plug-in hybrid vehicles.
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