State powering up electric car market

Last month, Connecticut paired up with seven other states to lay out an ambitious plan to put 3.3 million more electric cars on the streets by 2025.

On Monday, in one of this state’s first moves since then, Gov. Dannel Malloy announced the awarding of grants for 56 publicly-available electric vehicle charging

Bruce Redman Becker shows off his BMW ActiveE fully-electric car at his home in Westport on Thursday, June 13, 2013. Bruce says he can power his car fully by using the solar panels on his garage. Photo: Jason Rearick

Bruce Redman Becker shows off his BMW ActiveE fully-electric car at his home in Westport on Thursday, June 13, 2013. Bruce says he can power his car fully by using the solar panels on his garage. Photo: Jason Rearick

stations at 42 locations around the state. The point is to reduce “range anxiety,” the fear that the car will run out of electricity before you can find a place to re-charge it (EV charging stations are not, of course, as widespread as gas stations).

We did a story about electric cars back in May, which introduced the federal government’s new tool for comparing the price of fueling gas-powered cars and electric-powered cars. As of Tuesday, Nov. 5, the “eGallon” price in Connecticut is $1.71 to power an electric car to travel as far as $3.53 of gasoline will take your typical car.

Here are the locations in southwest Connecticut that will receive grant funding:

Etta Kantor's Nissan Leaf sits in her driveway in front of solar panels in New Canaan on Thursday, June 13, 2013. Photo: Lindsay Perry

Etta Kantor’s Nissan Leaf sits in her driveway in front of solar panels in New Canaan on Thursday, June 13, 2013. Photo: Lindsay Perry

– Bethel: Town of Bethel
– Danbury: Western CT State University
– Greenwich: Karl Chevrolet
– Greenwich: Town of Greenwich
– Norwalk: Norwalk Community College
– Norwalk: Spinnaker Real Estate Partners
– Shelton: R.D. Scinto, Inc.
– Westport: Town of Westport
– Westport: Tri-Town Teachers Federal Credit Union

 

Tim Loh