New electric car charging station unveiled

An electric car charging station in Rocky Hill.

ROCKY HILL, Conn. (WTNH) — In an effort to go green the state is moving ahead with electric cars and recharging stations.

The Malloy Administration says its making it easier for folks with electric cars to operate them in Connecticut by making sure there’s a charging station within ten minutes of wherever someone is.

Electric vehicle charging stations are popping up in shopping centers, hospitals, libraries and schools. There are currently about 160 so-called ‘juice bars’ in the state.

“94% of our population here in Connecticut are within 20 miles of a publicly accessible charging station,” said Alex Kragie, deputy chief of staff at the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. “So this means electric vehicle owners can drive around with range confidence, not worrying about whether they are going to run out of a charge when they’re driving around the state.”

For the first time a residential area in Connecticut is getting an electric vehicle recharging station. On Wednesday one was unveiled in Rocky Hill at the Alterra | Rocky Hill community. The station developer used some recycled building materials to create it and installed LED street lighting throughout the community.

DEEP is paying for almost 100 charging stations through the governor’s Electric Vehicle Initiative.

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