State awards more than $13 million for electric vehicle charging stations

BOSTON, Mass. (MassDEP)–Aiming to create additional infrastructure across the Commonwealth, the Baker-Polito administration today announced that $13.1 million in grants have been awarded to 54 government and private entities under the Massachusetts Electric Vehicle Incentive Program (MassEVIP) to install 306 direct current electric vehicle (DCFC) charging stations in 150 locations. The MassEVIP DCFC Program, administered by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), provides grants covering 100% of eligible costs to acquire and install publicly accessible DCFC electric vehicle charging stations at owned properties. to the government and 80% in all cases. other locations, up to $50,000 per charging port.

“Our administration understands the importance of reliable infrastructure supporting the Commonwealth’s energy future,” Governor Charlie Baker said. “Today’s announcement is a step towards the increased deployment of these clean vehicles, which will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve air quality and public health, enhance energy diversity and promote Economic Growth.

“This direct current fast charging incentive program is another example of our administration’s commitment to improving air quality for all,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito.. “This program will support our efforts to grow the clean energy economy, transform the transportation system, and help Massachusetts meet our emissions reduction goals set under the Global Warming Solutions Act.”

The $13.1 million awarded today includes $1.5 million from Massachusetts’ $75 million share of the nationwide $2.925 billion Environmental Mitigation Fund as part of the 2016 settlement between Volkswagen (VW) and the US Department of Justice, and $11.6 million from the Massachusetts Climate Mitigation Trust. The Massachusetts VW Settlement Beneficiary Mitigation Plan (BMP) has committed the Commonwealth to dedicate the 15% of authorized VW funds to electric vehicle charging infrastructure, or approximately $11.25 million. MassDEP also offers funding for Level 1 and 2 charging stations through the Public Access, Workplace and Fleet, and Multi-Unit Housing and Educational Campus Charging Programs.

“The transportation sector accounts for more than 40% of greenhouse gases emitted in Massachusetts, so deploying more electric vehicles is an important step in helping the Commonwealth’s efforts meet our ambitious climate change mitigation goals. “said the Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs. Kathleen Theoharides. “Significantly, this program will also support environmental justice communities with the placement of 94 electric vehicle charging ports in EJ areas.”

“This is the first time these direct current fast charging grants have been offered, which will complement our local and regional efforts to deploy electric vehicles and the charging infrastructure needed to support a cleaner transportation system,” said said MassDEP commissioner Martin Suuberg. “Through this program, the Commonwealth and these winners continue to show their commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions for the benefit of our communities and the environment.”

To further expand Commonwealth EV readiness, Massachusetts is working regionally with Northeastern States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM) to support EV and charging station placement charging stations throughout the region and to improve the economic benefits associated with these vehicles. Additionally, some of the grantees plan to combine or leverage MassEVIP funding with readiness infrastructure funding offered by National Grid and Eversource.

As part of the DCFC program, all winners must authorize access and use of the parking spaces and the charging station for electric vehicles 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For each station installed, a parking space parking must be reserved for the use of rechargeable electric vehicles only and clearly indicated by permanent and visible signage. An active app is required. In addition, of the 54 entities selected for grants, publicly accessible charging stations will be installed at 43 government-owned properties, including Acton, Amherst, Belmont, Beverly, Boston, Brookline, Chelmsford, Chelsea, Chilmark, Concord, Falmouth, Hamilton, Hingham, Ipswich, Lexington, Littleton, Methuen, Middleborough, Millbury, Norwood, Peabody, Quincy, Reading, Sharon, Sherborn, Taunton, Wakefield, West Boylston, Westwood and Winchester.

Private entities will also install ports in Attleboro, Barre, BelchertownBellingham, Billerica, Boston, Boylston, Brewster, Bridgewater, Brockton, Brookline, Burlington, Cambridge, Canton, Centerville, Chatham, Chelmsford, Chelsea, Cheshire, Chicopee, Danvers, Dorchester, East Boston, East Falmouth, Eastham, Fall River, Framingham, Gardner, Great Barrington, Greenfield, Hanover, Holyoke, Hudson, Hyannis, Ipswich, Lakeville, Lenox, Leominster, Littleton, Lynn, Marlborough, Methuen, Milford, Millbury, Nantucket, Natick, North Easton, NorthamptonNorwell, Orange, Oxford, Pembroke, Pittfield, Raynham, Rochester, Sagamore Beach, Salem, Scituate, Somerset, Somerville, South DeerfieldSouth Denis, SpringfieldSturbridge, Tewksbury, Uxbridge, Wakefield, Waltham, Wareham, West Boylston, West Roxbury, West Springfield, Westfield, Westwood, Whately, Williamsburg, Wilmington, Winchester, Woburn and Worcester. For a full list of awards and entities, please visit the MassDEP website here.

Sturbridge’s newest member of the delegation, State Senator Ryan Fattman (R-Sutton) made the following statement, “This investment by the Baker-Polito administration is critical to improving the accessibility of fast and convenient charging ports. reliable for electric vehicles. Financing for six new ports awarded to Noble Energy Real Estate, LLC. in Sturbridge will ensure that electric vehicle charging is accessible in a city where two major highways intersect. Noble Energy and all other recipients deserve this grant for doing the work necessary to become recipients of this competitive program. »

“I am pleased to see this administration investment in central Massachusetts, said State Sen. Anne Gobi (D-Spencer). “The funds made available to Apple Green New England Inc., in Barre, and Noble Energy Real Estate, LLC., in Sturbridge, will help chart the course for a sustainable and healthier future for the environment. As more fast-charging ports become available, I look forward to when electric vehicles become a more feasible option for families in Central Mass.

“This technology is readily available, and it’s important that Massachusetts takes steps like this so residents can feel secure in their decision to switch to electric vehicles,” said State Senator Patrick O’ Connor (R-Weymouth).. “I appreciate the efforts made by the Baker-Polito administration and MassDEP to expand charging options throughout the South Shore.”

“I am thrilled that Chicopee, Holyoke and Westfield are receiving these MassEVIP Fast Charging grants to expand access to electric vehicle charging ports in our communities,” said State Sen. John Velis (D-Westfield). “Electric vehicles are one of our best tools for reducing emissions in our Commonwealth and a growing number of people in Massachusetts are turning to these types of cars. These 24/7 charging ports will only contribute to this growth and I am grateful to the Baker-Polito administration for their continued investments in this area.

“I think it’s great that we’re increasing the charger network so electric vehicles continue to become more viable in our state,” said state Rep. Kelley Pease (R-Westfield). “As we actively take steps to become leaders in clean energy, I believe many of these programs will pay off in the future.”

Nationally, the governors of nine states, including Massachusetts, announced a groundbreaking initiative in 2013 to put 3.3 million zero-emission light-duty vehicles (ZEVs) on the roads within a dozen years. As a first step in this plan, the governors of California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont – later joined by New Jersey – signed an agreement that identifies specific actions these states will take, such as including ZEVs in their public fleets and developing common signaling standards, to help build a robust national market for battery and hydrogen electric cars.

For more information on the electric vehicle charging infrastructure programs administered by MassDEP, please visit the agency’s Volkswagen Diesel Settlements and Environmental Mitigation web page here.

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