State awards $400,000 to nine Vermont towns and organizations to install electric vehicle charging stations

13 February 2019

For Immediate Release
Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Contact:
Deirdra Ritzer, Department of Environmental Conservation
802-233-8052; Deirdra.ritzer@vermont.gov

Gary Holloway, Agency of Commerce and Community Development
802-828-3220; gary.holloway@vermont.gov

Jeff Buell, Drive Electric Vermont
802-540-7662; jbuell@veic.org

STATE AWARDS $400,000 TO NINE VERMONT TOWNS AND ORGANIZATIONS TO INSTALL ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING STATIONS

Montpelier, Vt. – Governor Phil Scott today announced $400,000 in Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) Grant Program awards to nine towns and organizations across Vermont to install electric vehicle (EV) charging stations.

“This grant program is an important step in building a statewide electric vehicle charging network,” said Governor Phil Scott. “Promoting electric vehicle use will help reduce the Vermont’s environmental impact and move us closer to our renewable energy goals, while making transportation more affordable for Vermonters as we work together to grow a cleaner economy.”

The towns of Chester, Highgate, Norwich and Warren; the city of Montpelier; Marlboro College; Vermont Law School; City Place in Burlington; and Healthy Living Market in South Burlington were each awarded grant money to construct these stations. The grant money is derived from funds awarded to Vermont in the Volkswagen Mitigation settlement after the company violated the Clean Air Act.

“Electric car use is taking off in Vermont,” said David Roberts, coordinator for Drive Electric Vermont. “Expanding our charging network makes it easier for Vermonters and visitors to go electric. We look forward to promoting the growing availability of electric vehicle charging in the state and continuing to support investments in transportation electrification stemming from the VW diesel settlement.” 

Drive Electric Vermont is a statewide coalition of policy makers, industry leaders and citizens dedicated to promoting the use of electric transportation.

Over the next several years, the EVSE program will deliver a total of $2.4 million to Vermont communities to fund EV charging stations in key areas, including work places, state designated centers, highway corridors, public park and rides, multi-unit housing and major attractions like ski areas and other tourist destinations. The EVSE Grant Program is a partnership between the Agency of Transportation, and the departments of Environmental Conservation, Housing and Community Development, Health, and Public Service. 

Notice for a second round of grant funding will be formally announced by the Vermont Department of Housing and Community Development later this month, with applications due April 30. The second-round grants will be awarded in late June. 

More information about the EVSE Grant Program is available here and instructions on how to apply for a grant can be found at https://tinyurl.com/EVSEprogram.

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