New CT program offers rebates for installation of electronic vehicle charging stations

Connecticut is aiming to make EV chargers as common as gas pumps under the initiative.

News 12 Staff

Jul 19, 2021, 7:49 PM

Updated 1,042 days ago

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Connecticut just launched a program that offers rebates for installing charging stations for electric vehicles.
Connecticut is aiming to make EV chargers as common as gas pumps under the initiative.
Homeowners would get up to $500 off their power bills for installing chargers.
Apartment complexes can get even more money, as well as shopping centers and businesses: Up to $40,000, or up to $250,000 in rebates for installing fast super-chargers.
The program starts next January and runs for nine years.
Connecticut wants to have 500,000 electric cars on the road by the end of the decade.
Right now, there are only 17,000.
So realistically, how long will it take to make these chargers as common as gas pumps?
"I'm not sure it's going to happen in four or five years," says former Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch, but he thinks it will happen in spite of the cost.
By 2031, Eversource and United Illuminating estimate the average bill will increase a little over $2.
Finch says officials will have to convince residents on paying extra.
"I had to do that all the time in my previous job as mayor. And you know, a lot of older people would say, 'Well, I don't want to pay my property taxes anymore because mostly it goes to schools.' Well, somebody paid for your kids to go to school. So we're all in this together," Finch says.
President Joe Biden has pledged help from Washington as well.
"We'll get them up and down our major thruways, and I think we're going to get some federal support for that as well," says Gov. Ned Lamont.


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