Electric Vehicle Initiatives

Efficiency Maine is administering initiatives to expand availability of electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure and electric vehicles in Maine.

Electric Vehicle Charging Equipment

Efficiency Maine is supporting the installation of electric vehicle charging equipment, through several initiatives:

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. Development of these sites will begin in Spring 2019.

Efficiency Maine will soon launch a competitive solicitation for the second round of EV Fast-Charge station development along these corridors will be held Summer 2019. The Request for Proposals will be listed here. To be added to the notification list for this and other opportunities, please click here.

Installation of Level 2 Chargers to Increase Local Access and Destination Charging

Efficiency Maine launched a competitive solicitation for Level 2 charging sites across the state. Please find the Request for Proposals here.

About EV Charging

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Electric Vehicles

Efficiency Maine will administer 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 will have two efforts, one to support the purchase of electric vehicles as fleet resources, the other to support the purchase of electric vehicles by Maine residents and business owners.

Public and Select Non-Profit Fleets

The initiative will support the purchase of electric vehicles for state, county or local governments; as well as organizations serving the elderly, special needs, or low-income Mainers. Eligible vehicles and equipment will include FHWA Class 1, 2, or 3 electric vehicles and ancillary equipment. The preliminary budget for the fleet initiative is $2.25 million dollars. This initiative is still in the development stage. To be notified about this and other electric vehicle opportunities, please click here.

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.

EV Rebate Program

Maine residents and business owners purchasing a qualifying electric vehicle will be eligible for a rebate. This initiative is still in the development stage. It will invest an estimated $2.25 million dollars in electric vehicle purchases by Mainers.

Efficiency Maine staff is requesting stakeholder input on a concept draft proposal for an Electric Vehicle Rebate Program. Please find an outline of the proposed program design as well as a short list of specific questions for which Efficiency Maine is seeking comment here.

To be notified about this and other electric vehicle opportunities, please click here.

Electric Vehicle Resources