Connecticut Investing in Electric Vehicle Stations

charging_stationsThe Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and Department of Transportation are making $200,000 available to install charging stations hoping to more than double the number of electric vehicle charging stations by the end of the year.

Funding will be awarded to proposals that provide the most matching money, are most accessible to the public and place charging stations in geographically diverse areas, The Norwich Bulletin reported. The goal is to increase the number of charging stations from 81 now to 200 by the end of this year. The cost to install a charging station is up to approximately $1,000 and an additional $5,000 for the station itself, Energy Commissioner Daniel Esty said.

The state is seeking to spur installation of charging stations at convenience stores, colleges, shopping centers, supermarkets, parking garages and other public places, he said. The intent is for electric vehicle owners to be no more 10 to 15 minutes from a charging station to avoid what’s known as “range anxiety,” Esty said.

“One hundred years ago, it was the same fear with gas stations,” he said.

Only a few hundred electric vehicles operate in Connecticut, he said.

Most electric vehicles can go about 100 to 200 miles before recharging while gasoline-powered vehicles run more than 300 miles before refueling, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. A study by the Congressional Budget Office last month said operating costs are lower for electric vehicles, but they are more expensive to buy. A Chevy Volt, for example, costs about $32,000.

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