Governor Phil Scott of Vermont revealed that they would be developing 11 new Plug-in electric vehicle fast-charging stations throughout Vermont for the next two years. These stations will be situated in Randolph, Newport, Rutland, South Hero, Enosburgh, Fair Haven, Ludlow, Johnson, Wilmington, and St. Johnsbury.
The chargers will grace the Blink Network promoting the uptake of electric vehicles by the drivers. The success of this project will ensure that Vermonters enjoy charging stations within 30 miles. Governor Scott stated that electric vehicles are the new strategy that can help the state maneuver out of climate change problems while making cars affordable for all classes of people.
Governor Scott added that the fast chargers would help the people of Vermont drive electric vehicles to all the places they love traveling too, like work, errands, and hikes. Moreover, the fast-charging network can enable Vermont to become a travel and tourism hub generating revenue for the state. Vermont will become the state with the highest number of electric vehicle stations. Currently, the region has 114 public electric vehicle chargers to support 100000 people. Additionally, the number of electric vehicles in the country has increased by 321% in the last six years. The high number indicates that the state is happy to switch to these new models provided the electric vehicle charging facilities are developed in most state areas.
The Drive Electric Vermont coordinator, David Roberts, stated that the development of these fast-charging systems would ensure that cars can cover 225 miles in 30 minutes and reach another station for a refill. He added that the implied $10000 incentive on electric vehicles’ potential buying would accelerate the transition to this new technology. The stakeholders who will be participating in the deployment of these 11 stations include the Vermont Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), Blink Charging, the Public Service Department, the Department of Health, the Agency of Natural Resources, and the Agency of Transportation (AOT). The engineers involved in the project anticipate it to be $1.7 million, and its costs will be paid for by the Volkswagen settlement and monitored by DHCD.
This project is an extension of the previous similar program that was underway in Vermont. Currently, the state boasts of developing 86 level 2 and 16 fast-charge stations from the settlement by Volkswagen with $2.7 million. The engineers are projecting another project’s probable development to install an additional six stations in the highway corridors of this state. The executives decided to work with DHCD as the administrator because the agency can develop legit projects.