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Lexington one of 25 communities to get electric car charging stations

Posted by Brock Parker  July 22, 2011 04:39 PM

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State officials visited the Lexington Battle Green today to announce a public-private partnership that will supply 105 electric vehicle charging stations to 25 cities and towns across Massachusetts.

Gov. Deval Patrick's administration is calling the charging stations part of its commitment to clean energy and the stations will be located on downtown streets, parking garages, shopping malls, schools and colleges, and commercial, medical and industrial parks.

“Placing these state-of-the-art charging stations in cities and towns across Massachusetts supports the Administration’s clean energy agenda – augmenting our nation-leading efforts in the areas of green jobs, Green Communities, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” said Lt Gov. Timothy Murray in a press release about the program Friday.

Friday, on the Battle Green made famous for the first battle of the Revolutionary War, Richard Sullivan Jr., the Secretary of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, announced the award of charging stations to Lexington and 24 other communities: Athol, Barnstable, Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, Chelmsford, Falmouth, Greenfield, Hanover, Holyoke, Hopkinton, Kingston, Lancaster, Lenox, Lowell, Nantucket, New Bedford, New Salem, Newton, Northampton, Orange, Salem, Tyngsboro, and Worcester.

The state will also be installing charging stations, separate from these municipal installations, at Logan Airport garages, Logan Express parking lots and at MBTA commuter parking locations.

“The Governor and Lieutenant Governor have recognized the chicken-and-egg dilemma – that if individuals are to be comfortable purchasing electric vehicles, they must also be assured that there are available charging stations for these vehicles,” said Hank Manz, chairman of the Lexington Board of Selectmen, in a statement about the grant Friday.

The charging stations will be funded by a grant program through the state Department of Energy Resources using about $280,000 available from a settlement obtained by Attorney General Martha Coakley’s office in 2007 for alleged pollution control equipment violations by an Ohio-based power plant, according to the Executive Office of Environment Affairs.

Funding will also be supplied through a public-private partnership with California-based Coulomb Technologies, which received a U.S. Department of Energy American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant to provide installation of electric charging equipment and re-granted awards in the form of charging stations to Massachusetts cities and towns.

“With transportation responsible for 26 percent of greenhouse gas emissions produced in Massachusetts, it is prudent for the Commonwealth to take a multi-faceted approach to improving the way we drive and the vehicles that we buy – including investments to expand the use of electric vehicles,” said DOER Commissioner Mark Sylvia.

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