Four municipalities and a global financial services leader are joining with Connecticut Light & Power (CL&P) to install charging stations for plug-in electric vehicles (EVs) as part of a research project with CL&P parent Northeast Utilities (NU).
Approximately 20 municipalities and businesses served by CL&P are expected to participate in the research effort. Among the first to sign on to install and maintain charging equipment are UBS in Stamford, the city of Torrington and the towns of Westport and Mansfield. The town of West Hartford is expected to join the project shortly.
We’ve worked hard to make Connecticut an early market for electric vehicles, so we’re excited to launch New England’s first comprehensive, hands-on EV study. By gathering information from municipal and business customers, we can gain tangible experience to help guide future decisions about our infrastructure, our policies and how we will ultimately serve all of our customers as EVs become more common.—Jeff Butler, CL&P’s president and COO
NU has already installed charging stations at company offices in Berlin and Hartford, Connecticut; Springfield, Massachusetts; and Manchester, New Hampshire. Additionally, NU’s Western Massachusetts Electric Company (WMECo) subsidiary has one customer site installed and another planned.
The NU companies are also testing Chevy Volts in collaboration with the Electric Power Research Institute of Palo Alto, California.
To further raise awareness of plug-in EVs, NU developed a new theme, “Plug My Ride,” to connect consumers and other groups interested in electric transportation.