Efficiency Maine is administering initiatives to expand availability of electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure and electric vehicles in Maine.
Efficiency Maine is supporting the installation of electric vehicle charging equipment, through several initiatives:
Addressing Maine’s Priority EV Fast-Charge Corridors
Efficiency Maine is working with ChargePoint, Inc., the Maine Turnpike Authority and other stakeholders to install foundational charging stations along pre-identified travel corridors. These include I-95 from Kittery to Bangor, I-295 from Portland to W. Gardiner, Route 1 from Freeport to Ellsworth, Route 2 from New Hampshire (Bethel) to Newport, Route 3 – from Bangor to Bar Harbor, Route 27 from New Hampshire (Coburn Gore) to Boothbay Harbor, Route 201 from Quebec (at Jackman) to I-95, and Route 302 from New Hampshire (Fryeburg) to I-95/295. The first sites were installed Summer 2019.
Please click here for the plan outlining EV fast charging corridors.
Installation of Level 2 Chargers
Efficiency Maine launched a competitive solicitation for Level 2 charging sites across the state to increase local access and destination charging. The awardees will be announced in September 2019.
About EV Charging
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Electric Vehicle Initiatives
Efficiency Maine administers an initiative to promote the strategic purchase and use of electric vehicles, pursuant to the consent judgement that VW settlement funds be used for environmentally beneficial purposes, such as the reduction of emissions. The electric vehicle initiative includes two efforts, one to support the purchase of electric vehicles by Maine residents and business owners, the other to support the purchase of electric vehicles as fleet resources.
EV Accelerator Rebate Program
Maine residents and business owners purchasing or leasing a qualifying electric vehicle may be eligible for an instant rebate. The program plans to invest an estimated $2.25 million dollars in electric vehicle purchases and leases by Mainers.
Click here for more information on available rebates, eligible vehicles, and more.
Government Offices and Fleets
The initiative supports the purchase of electric vehicles for state, county or local governments. The preliminary budget for the fleet initiative is $2.25 million dollars.
Separately, the Maine Department of Transportation also administers a program to support fleet upgrades for buses, trucks, and other vehicles. Please click here for more information on that program.