JAccording to a recent webinar hosted by Eversource and United Illuminating, the Connecticut Public Utility Regulatory Authority’s (PURA) incentives to promote the installation of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in businesses and homes across the state have so far proven to be effective. The rebate program, which offers to cover up to 100% of the cost of purchasing and installing charging facilities at businesses, public attractions, and single and multi-family properties, still has openings, but they’re going fast. .
Marriott Dowden, webinar host and manager of customer programs and energy specialty products at Eversource, noted that demand is likely to remain high.
“From our perspective, it’s not so much a question of whether you should install EV capability in your workplace or in retail locations, but rather when you should install it,” said- he declared. “I think most people realize that the electric vehicle industry is growing; it exceeds sales of internal combustion engines.
The PURA program is designed to encourage the sale of 150,000 to 250,000 electric vehicles by 2025, in part by helping to install EV chargers statewide to improve convenience and ease fuel anxiety. autonomy.
The program offers rebates of $500 for installing a mid-level charger in single-family homes, either by owners or landlords, which could help defray an upgrade and improve future value of the House. For multi-family dwellings and public destinations like retail sites, the state will provide up to $20,000 to cover the cost of at least two ports, with designated underserved communities allowed to take up to 40 $000. Workplaces that install at least four ports for employee use have the same incentive structure.
Dowden noted that these incentives are based on a “per site” basis and not on a per structure basis. This means that for a car park, the same incentive could be applied for chargers on each floor of the structure, or an outlet could apply for funds to cover both customer and employee charging provided they are physically separated.
Companies that install charging stations can choose to provide access to charging facilities for free or charge a fee based on the number of systems. Many companies that sell the chargers will also provide business owners with the means to decide how power is distributed at electric vehicle charging stations.
However, the section of the program that provided up to $150,000 in funding for the installation of direct current fast chargers (DCFCs) is already fully subscribed, according to Jake Buckman, project manager for vehicle implementation at Eversource.
“People asked to receive incentives for our DC fast chargers, and we met the state’s goal for the first phase of this three-year window within approximately seven months of the program opening,” said he declared.
DCFCs, or level 3 chargers, use a different architecture and charging protocol to deliver significantly more electricity to a battery than level 2 chargers. They can charge an electric vehicle to 80% in about half an hour , making it a good solution for electric delivery trucks and other fleet vehicles. However, they are considerably more expensive and the speed comes at the cost of lower efficiency and reduced battery life.
Buckman added that the two organizations are working with PURA to make more funds available specifically for this part of the program, but in the meantime those interested in participating in the program are advised to join a waiting list.