Efficiency Maine is administering an initiative to expand availability of electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure in Maine. This initiative will install a public network of higher voltage, fast-charging infrastructure along key corridors in Maine, including: I-95/295, Rt. 1, Rt. 2, Rt. 3, Rt. 27, Rt. 201, and Rt. 302.
The Initiative’s goals are to:
- Strengthen the Maine economy by reducing Maine drivers’ energy costs for transportation and promoting tourism from neighboring provinces and states;
- Advance Maine’s progress toward reducing emissions of nitrogen oxides and carbon from light-duty vehicles traveling Maine roads; and,
- Deliver on the Governor’s commitment to the Premier of Quebec to establish corridors of publicly available, DC fast-chargers, spaced not more than 50 miles apart linking Quebec to tourist destinations in Maine.
This Initiative is funded by the VW Environmental Mitigation Trust pursuant to the State of Maine’s Beneficiary Mitigation Plan, as proposed by the Maine Department of Transportation, Maine’s designee to receive and disburse the settlement funds from VW. This three-year initiative has a budget of $3.15 million which will be allocated across three phases of activity:
- Phase I: Establish the foundation of Maine’s EV Fast-Charge Infrastructure – this phase will fund installation of fast chargers at several key sites along Maine’s EV corridors on I-95 and on connectors with Quebec and New Hampshire. These installations will be bundled together as part of a single request for proposal (RFP). The RFP will be published in July 2018.
- Phase II: Build-out Maine’s EV Fast-Charge Infrastructure – this phase will further develop Maine’s EV corridors to encourage and reassure travelers embarking to Maine destinations, lower energy costs for Maine drivers, and further facilitate the market transformation to increased purchase and use of electric vehicles. Equipment vendors and host sites will be selected through one or more rounds of competitive bidding. The first call for fast charger project proposals along designated corridors is expected to be launched in late 2018.
- Phase III: Medium Traffic Level 2 Chargers – this phase will further develop Maine’s charging infrastructure through the addition of level 2 chargers at workplaces, hotels, multifamily buildings, and other public sites. Sites will be selected through a competitive bidding process. This phase, to be launched in 2019, is contingent on available funding.
- Maine Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment Working Plan, including preferred charging locations
- Maine Beneficiary Mitigation Plan
- Funding for other Maine VW Environmental Mitigation Settlement projects, including fleet upgrades
- Maps of existing EV charging locations in Maine:
- Department of Energy Resources on Electric Vehicles:
- Plug-in America: other information and resources about EV ownership and driving
- EVSE Initiative Stakeholder List