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Vermont Awards $1 Million in Grants for EV Chargers

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Published July 25, 2022 at 5:24 p.m.


COURTESY: TRANSPORTATION CLIMATE INITIATIVE
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Vermont has shelled out nearly $1 million to make it easier for apartment dwellers to charge up electric vehicles.

State officials announced on Monday that a new grant program will help affordable and nonprofit housing providers install electric vehicle chargers at 37 locations around the state. The pilot program is meant to ensure that renters have just as much access to the state’s growing EV charging infrastructure as homeowners.

“Steps like this are critical as we work to electrify the transportation sector, make EVs more accessible, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” Gov. Phil Scott said in a release.



The grants will support the purchase and installation of 84 high-speed charging ports at affordable apartment buildings in eight counties.  The so-called level 2 chargers can fully power an EV in six to 12 hours, depending on the model.

The program was designed to ensure the chargers were spread around the state, Housing and Community Development Commissioner Josh Hanford said in a statement. 
Stephen Yurasits charging an EV in Burlington - LUKE AWTRY
  • Luke Awtry
  • Stephen Yurasits charging an EV in Burlington
The lion’s share of the funds went to large housing providers such as Cathedral Square ($252,600) and Champlain Housing Trust ($206,700) in Burlington and Twin Pines Housing ($123,800) in White River Junction.

But smaller amounts also went to Good Samaritan Haven ($27,880) in Barre, Groton Community Housing ($19,640) and Wake Robin ($66,200) in Shelburne. Burlington Electric Department received $95,000.

Though  EVs can cost more than gasoline vehicles, lifetime costs are often lower, especially with current gasoline prices more than $4 per gallon.

Driving an EV is like paying $1.50 a gallon for gas, according to Drive Electric Vermont, an EV promotion program. There are 335 public charging units in the state, the highest per capita in the nation, according to the organization.