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August 3, 2023

$6M funding boost will bring EV chargers to 12 sites in Maine

Barry Woods in a ReVision Energy electric car File photo / Tim Greenway ReVision Energy will install an electric vehicle charging station at 225 High St. in Ellsworth, one of a dozen new EV charging stations planned for Maine.

More than $6 million in federal funding will add a dozen electric vehicle charging stations across the Pine Tree State, the Maine Department of Transportation has announced.

Funding for new chargers in Bangor, Augusta and along U.S. Route 1 between Ellsworth and Bangor comes from the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Program, authorized by the federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill. Five other sites will be funded through the federally funded Maine Jobs and Recovery Plan.

“This funding will help expand our state’s EV charging network, reducing range anxiety for EV users who live, work, and travel in Maine,” said MDOT Commissioner Bruce Van Note. “Increasing electrification of vehicles will help improve our quality of life by reducing carbon emissions from the transportation sector.”

Both initiatives aim to have the new chargers in operation next year.

The move is part of an effort to fill gaps and add capacity and reliability to Maine’s public fast-charging network, as laid out in a July 2022 plan by the Department of Transportation.

The department has enlisted Efficiency Maine Trust to administer the initiative under contract.

“The sites selected through this competitive bid process will significantly improve the convenience of driving EVs throughout the state,” said Michael Stoddard, Effiency Maine's executive director. “This new infrastructure will give a big boost to the market for a new generation of cars and trucks in Maine.”

Funding will cover a total of 46 charging ports in a dozen locations across the state.

Funding recipients and locations

Federally funded awards and the associated locations for the chargers, will go to:

  • Equilon Enterprises LLC (Shell), 322 Stillwater Ave., Bangor
  • Tesla Inc., 197 Civic Center Drive, Augusta
  • ReVision Energy, 225 High St., Ellsworth
  • D&C Properties, 423 East Main St., Searsport
  • Tesla Inc., 75 Maverick St., Rockland
  • Irving Oil, 1555 Atlantic Highway, Waldoboro 
  • Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority, 11 Atlantic Ave., Brunswick

Four charges will be installed at each of the seven locations.

Awarded bidders and locations using Maine Jobs and Recovery Plan funds are as follows:

  • Irving Oil, 1941 Medway Road, Medway (four ports)
  • Universal EV LLC, 282 North St., Houlton  (four ports)
  • True Upside Consulting, 5 Clark Siding Road, Ashland (two ports)
  • True Upside Consulting, 162 Houlton Road, Danforth (four ports)
  • Universal EV LLC, 103 Main St., Machias (four ports)

Editor's note: Story updated with number of charging ports to be installed.

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