About Electric Vehicle Initiatives

Efficiency Maine administers programs to expand availability of electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure and the adoption of electric vehicles in Maine. 

EV Charging Initiatives

Efficiency Maine is supporting the installation of electric vehicle charging infrastructure through a three-phase initiative. Click on the links below to learn more. 

Phase I: Expanding Maine’s EV Fast-Charge Network

Phase II: Improve Local Access and Destination Charging With Publicly Available Level 2 chargers

Phase III: Extend Maine’s EV Fast Charge-Network

Funding for these EV charging initiatives comes primarily from the settlement of a lawsuit against Volkswagen (VW) for violating environmental protection laws. The settlement specified that funds be used to reduce vehicle pollution, such as by installing public EV charging stations. Efficiency Maine also received additional funding from the Maine Public Utilities Commission for a smaller pilot project to support beneficial electrification in the transportation sector.

PHASE I: Expanding Maine’s EV Fast-Charge Network

Efficiency Maine has contracted with ChargePoint Inc. to install DC Fast Charging and Level 2 charging stations along a number of 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. As of May, 2020, six of the seven sites have been installed and are operational with the remaining site to be installed by early summer 2020.

As of June 2020, Efficiency Maine has funded the installation of 12 dual plug DC Fast Chargers and six dual plug Level 2 chargers at six different host sites along key travel corridors.

Please click here for the full plan outlining the three-phase EV charging initiative.

See below for more information on each project.

Kennebunk Turnpike Service Plaza North

Two DC Fast Chargers (4 plugs), One Level 2 Charger (2 plugs)

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Status: Operational
Address: 25.5 Mile Maine Turnpike
Kennebunk, ME 04043
Details: Located at the Service Center building near the employee parking area entrance.
Photo credit: Chargepoint, Inc.

Kennebunk Turnpike Service Plaza South

Two DC Fast Chargers (4 plugs), One Level 2 Charger (2 plugs)

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Status: Operational
Address: 25.5 Mile Maine Turnpike
Kennebunk, ME 04043
Details: Located at the Service Center building near the dog walk/picnic area.
Photo credit: Chargepoint, Inc.

W. Gardiner Turnpike Service Plaza

Two DC Fast Chargers (4 plugs), One Level 2 Charger (2 plugs)

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Status: Operational
Address: 29 Lewiston Rd
West Gardiner, ME 04345
Details: Located behind the Service Center, then follow truck parking signs to employee parking lot.
Photo credit: Chargepoint, Inc.

Skowhegan — Hannaford

Two DC Fast Chargers (4 plugs), One Level 2 Charger (2 plugs)

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Status: Operational
Address: 398 Madison Ave
Skowhegan, ME 04976
Details: Located in the first row of the Hannaford parking lot near entrance road to store.
Photo credit: Revision Energy

Jackman — Gulf Fueling Station

Two DC Fast Chargers (4 plugs), One Level 2 Charger (2 plugs)

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Status: Operational
Address: 407 Main St
Jackman, ME 04945
Details: Located at the Gulf Station, access via truck parking lot around rear of building behind gas station island.
Photo credit: Chargepoint, Inc.

Farmington — Hannaford

Two DC Fast Chargers (4 plugs), One Level 2 Charger (2 plugs)

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Status: Operational
Address: 131 Hannaford Dr
Farmington, ME 04938
Details: Located In the corner of the Hannaford parking lot to the left of the store entrance.
Photo credit: Revision Energy

North Windham — Hannaford – Permitting complete, construction to begin soon

Two DC Fast Chargers (4 plugs), One Level 2 Charger (2 plugs)

Status: Operational
Address: 797 Roosevelt Trail
North Windham, ME 04062
Details: This is where we can describe any details about the location such as where the chargers are located in the parking lot

Charger location photos courtesy of ChargePoint

PHASE II: Improve Local Access and Destination Charging With Publicly Available Level 2 chargers

Efficiency Maine launched a competitive solicitation for public Level 2 charging stations across the state to increase local access and destination charging. The first round of awardees was announced in September 2019 and the second round was announced in January 2020. These grants use funds from the VW settlement to reduce vehicle pollution.

A third round will be launched in the summer/fall of 2020 and a fourth round will be launched in late 2020 or early 2021. These grants use funds from an award from the Maine Public Utilities Commission to support a beneficial electrification pilot project in the transportation sector.

See below for more information on each project.

Round One Projects
Level 2 Public EV Charging Station Projects
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Completed Projects
Category One – Northern and Eastern Maine
International Motel, Calais
626 Main St., Calais, ME
One Chargepoint networked charger, 2 plugs.
Downeast Community Partners, Mildbridge
4 Maple St., Milbridge, ME
One Clipper Creek basic charger, 2 plugs.
Category Two – Statewide
City of Auburn Parking Garage, Auburn
60 Court St., Auburn, ME
Two Clipper Creek basic chargers, 2 plugs.
Falmouth School District
74 Woodville Rd. Falmouth, ME
Four Clipper Creek basic chargers, 4 plugs.
Pending Projects
Grant Awards for Category 1:
  • Indian Hill Trading Post, Greenville
  • Northern Maine Medical Center, Fort Kent
  • Town of Fort Kent, Downtown Fort Kent Location
Grant Awards for Category 2:
  • Bates College, Lewiston
  • Bowdoin College, Brunswick
  • City of Bangor
  • City of Bath
  • City of Belfast
  • City of Portland (2 at Back Cove)
  • City of Portland (High Street)
  • City of Portland (Payson Park)
  • City of Portland (Westbrook Street)
  • City of Rockland
  • College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor
  • Maine State Housing Authority, Augusta
  • Unum, Portland
Round Two Projects
Level 2 Public EV Charging Station Projects
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Completed Projects
Town of Thomaston
Watts Ave. Public Parking Lot, Public Works Department
Watts Ave., Thomaston
Two Clipper Creek basic chargers, 2 plugs.
Pending Projects
Statewide Grant Awards:
  • City of Augusta, Dickman Street
  • City of Augusta, Cony Street
  • Maine Behavioral Healthcare
  • Town of York Public Library
  • Town of Kennebunk
  • Town of Damariscotta
  • Best Western, Rumford
  • Maine Medical Center, Portland

PHASE III: Extend Maine’s EV Fast-Charge Network

Efficiency Maine will release an RFP this summer to help fund additional DC Fast Charging stations in the state.

EV Rebate Program

Efficiency Maine administers an initiative to provide instant rebates for eligible vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) at participating car dealers in Maine. Eligible BEVs and PHEVs direct from a manufacturer are eligible for mail-in rebates. The initiative supports the purchase or lease of electric vehicles by Maine residents and business owners as well as the purchase or lease of electric vehicles as fleet resources.

Funding for EV rebates comes from the settlement of a lawsuit against Volkswagen (VW) for violating Maine’s environmental protection laws. The settlement specified that funds be used for environmentally beneficial purposes, such as the reduction of vehicle pollution.

$1,000 – $2,000
INSTANT REBATE