AUGUSTA, Maine — People who drive plug-in electric vehicles now have two places to go in the Greater Portland area for a quick charge, courtesy of Central Maine Power Co., a subsidiary of Iberdrola USA, and Nissan.
The charging stations from Nissan were provided as part of CMP’s Plug-In Electric Vehicle Grant Program, designed to encourage the use of plug-in hybrid and electric cars in Maine, while gathering data about their use.
Representatives from the cities of Portland and South Portland, several environmental groups, other PEV Grant Program recipients, automobile dealers, elected officials, and others joined the utility Thursday, July 24, as it unveiled the DC Quick Charge stations at the South Portland Community Center on Nelson Road and at the Fore Street Parking Garage in Portland.
The quick chargers are believed to be the first installed in Greater Portland, and can bring a PEV from 0 to 80 percent charge in 30 minutes.
“CMP started our program by adding two Chevy Volts and 11 hybrid bucket trucks to our own fleet. We also installed charging stations at five locations throughout our service area,” said CMP President and CEO Sara Burns at the event at the South Portland Community Center, according to a company press release. “When we saw how well electric vehicles were working for us, it only made sense to encourage other organizations to give them a try.”
Since its inception, CMP’s PEV Grant Program has helped nearly 20 businesses, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations lease or purchase electric vehicles or charging infrastructure. Grant recipients include Bard Coffee, Bowdoin College, Chewonki Foundation, the City of South Portland, Colby College, East Brown Cow Property Management (Fore Street Garage), EcoMaine, Environment & Energy Technology Council of Maine (E2Tech), Fresh Air Ventilation Systems LLC, Greater Portland Council of Governments, Green Clean Maine, IDEXX, Maine Energy Education Program, Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, Portland House of Pizza, Sunrise Guide, Tilson Technology, and the Towns of Standish and Scarborough.
“Our parent company, Iberdrola, is a global leader in adoption of sustainable practices, and is a champion of this kind of technology around the world,” said Burns.”We’re proud to be part of a corporation that has such an outstanding record of sustainability, and our PEV program is just one of many ways we can show that we share Iberdrola’s commitment to the environment.”