Electric car use gets a boost, closer study from Maine pilot project
In the News | June 3, 2014 |Posted by admin
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Dylan Voorhees, spokesman for the Natural Resources Council of Maine, said Thursday morning over a din of car traffic along Presumpscot Street that at least 150 all-electric cars are on the road in Maine, and he estimates there are more, based on records from the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. Roughly half are registered in Cumberland County.
Matt Haas, Maine operations manager at Idexx, said a $2,500 grant through Central Maine Power’s pilot program with the Maine Public Utilities Commission prompted the company to move ahead with a plan to install four charging stations for its workers — a $10,000 investment from the company.
Usage statistics from those charging stations and others in the pilot project will provide data the PUC will use to study the performance of electric vehicles and their impact on the state’s power grid. Other grant recipients in the program’s first phase include the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, Colby College, Lewiston-based HVAC company Fresh Air Ventilation Systems, E2Tech and the Greater Portland Council of Governments.