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January 12, 2024

CT wins $14.6M federal grant for EV charging stations

HBJ FILE PHOTO Paul Vosper is the president and CEO of JuiceBar, one of several Connecticut electric vehicle charger manufacturers.

The state will receive a $14.6 million federal grant to expand its network of electric vehicle charging stations in seven communities.

The grant will support the following investments:

  • Barkhamsted – Two dual port Level 2 chargers at Barkhamsted Town Hall
  • Bridgeport – 12 DCFC chargers at Brewport at 225 South Frontage Road; and 12 DCFC chargers at Boca Oyster Bar/Steelepointe on 10 East Main St.
  • East Hartford – Two dual port Level 2 chargers at Silver Lane Plaza
  • Groton – Two dual port Level 2 chargers at the Groton Public Library
  • Hartford – 12 DCFC chargers at the Library Parking Lot on 166 Sheldon St.; 12 DCFC chargers at the MAT Garage on 55 Chapel St.; and two dual port Level 2 chargers at the Sheldon Lot on 141 Sheldon St.
  • New Haven – 12 DCFC chargers at the Wilbur Cross Athletic Fields Parking Lot; and 12 200kW on-street chargers at Wooster Square
  • Stamford – 12 DCFC chargers at the Bedford Street Parking Garage and 12 DCFC chargers at the Summer Street Parking Garage

There are 726 other publicly accessible charging locations in Connecticut.

The state has been prioritizing EV-charger investment as more consumers switch to electric vehicles. Over the last year, there was a 19% increase in passenger electric vehicle registrations and a 30% increase in charging ports, according to information from Gov. Ned Lamont’s office.

The state’s first Tesla dealership has opened at Mohegan Sun.

However, the state’s plan to ban the sale of new gas-powered cars in 2035 was withdrawn in November.

Lamont’s office said the new electric vehicle charger grant increases access to electric vehicle chargers “with an emphasis on neighborhood revitalization, transit-oriented development and equitable access via additional on-street charging.”

“Connecticut is continuing to make investments in cleaner transportation thanks to our collaboration with our federal and local partners,” Lamont said. “Putting these funds to work in rural and urban communities around the state will make it easier for people and businesses to continue making the transition to cleaner cars and trucks.”

The U.S. Department of Transportation awarded the grant to the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection through its Charging and Fueling Infrastructure Grant Program. The program is funded by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

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