People gathered for a ceremony unveiling an electric vehicle charging station in the southwest parking lot of Cross Insurance Center in Bangor in this April 30, 2019, file photo. Credit: Gabor Degre / BDN

With the installation of a high-speed electric vehicle charging station in North Windham, Maine has completed the first phase of an expanding public network of charging stations.

The stations, known as DC fast chargers, can add up to 250 miles of vehicle range in an hour and have been installed at seven locations across the state, the Portland Press Herald reported.

The network includes charging stations in the Kennebunk and West Gardiner plazas of the Maine Turnpike, as well as locations in Jackman, Skowhegan and Farmington.

“We deliberately chose these first seven charging locations because of their strategic value for local communities and drivers traveling to and from neighboring states and provinces,” said Michael Stoddard, executive director of the Efficiency Maine Trust. “In addition to helping Mainers make longer in-state day trips, this fast-charger network accommodates the growing number of EV (electric vehicle) drivers traveling on business or for vacation from Quebec, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and southern New England.”

The chargers were funded by a federal emissions scandal lawsuit against Volkswagen. The North Windham station cost about $200,000.