Efficiency Maine Slows Down Rockland Electric Car Deal – By Stephen Betts – Rockland – Camden – Knox – Courier-Gazette

By Stephen Betts | June 11, 2021

Land of Rocks – Rockland won’t be getting a pair of electric cars – at least not as soon as expected.

City manager Tom Luttrell told city councilors at their June 7 meeting that the city would pay $ 2,000 per vehicle for three-year leases on two Hyundai Konas electric cars. The Efficiency Maine grants would have covered the remaining costs.

Luttrell said EVs were in stock at Rowe in Westbrook and the dealership told him the city should be able to get them fairly soon after all paperwork has been approved.

But on Friday, Luttrell said he received a call from Efficiency Maine saying it had ended the program for the current fiscal year which runs through June 30. He said he would table the documents for the grants if the council approved it at the June 14 meeting. . He had not filed the documents before because he did not have Council approval and was told that vehicles were available.

The city could receive grants as of June 30.

A telephone message was left at Efficiency Maine late Friday afternoon.

At the June 7 meeting, the city manager expected the vehicles to be used by the two code officers as well as the assessment service. The vehicles, however, could also be used by city officials for other official business.

He said the cost for vehicles would be offset by reduced vehicle allowances.

Staff will not be allowed to bring vehicles home.

The vehicles will be able to be recharged by connecting to regular outlets so that they can be recharged at the town hall, the official said.

Efficiency Maine is an Augusta-based, quasi-public, nonprofit organization that promotes electric cars to reduce energy use and greenhouse gases.

According to CentralMaine.com, the funds for the $ 5.1 million in rebates came from the Maine settlement in a 2018 multibillion-dollar lawsuit against Volkswagen vehicles.

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