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$1 million grant subsidizes charging stations at apartment houses

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The State of Vermont has launched the Multiunit Dwelling Electric Vehicle Charging Grant Program to bring more home-charging opportunities to Vermonters. $1,000,000 in funding is available to subsidize the cost of purchasing and installing Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations at rental properties to provide residents with at-home charging access.

The grant program is an interagency effort between DHCD, the Agency of Transportation, Department of Environmental Conservation, and the Public Service Department. Grants will be awarded up to $80,000 per site and $300,000 per applicant, with priority grant awards given to affordable housing projects.

“This program is another step towards electrifying the transportation sector,” said Governor Phil Scott. “Ensuring Vermonters have access to home charging options will support the transition to electric vehicles, which will benefit the environment and reduce transportation costs for Vermonters.”

80% of EV charging is expected to take place at home, where cars are parked for long periods of time. Lack of at-home charging is one of the largest barriers to EV adoption for residents of multi-unit housing. This funding will help to overcome this barrier to EV adoption for residents of multi-unit housing by piloting EV charging solutions that provide convenient, reliable, and affordable access.

While access to EV charging is not the only barrier to EV ownership among the renter population it will become increasingly important as the market for EVs matures. As EVs become more affordable, through market development, purchase incentives, and re-sale of used EVs, access to charging will be critical for all Vermonters.

“The EV market share has doubled over the last year, and this is just the start as more affordable models continue arriving in Vermont, availability of used EVs grows, and incentives bring down up-front costs,” said David Roberts, Drive Electric Vermont coordinator. “We are excited the program launching today will make it easier for Vermonters to make the switch to an EV by increasing availability of charging at multi-family properties.”

The deadline to apply is April 1, 2022. DHCD will host an informational webinar about the program on January 26, 2022, from 10:00-11:30 a.m. There is no registration needed to attend and you can access the webinar at this link.

For full details on the program visit: https://accd.vermont.gov/multiunit_dwelling

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  1. Does this mean we have copious amounts of hydro-electric pouring over the Canadian border? What happens if Canada or Quebec decides to shut off the feed? If they can close the border, they can turn off the juice. Gov Whitmer shut off the pipe from Canada in MI. Who is going to pay for the juice? Will this mean more fossil fuels to rev up the turnbines and run more wires? How are we getting all the resources for these cars and chargers? Are EV’s built from biodegradable material? How much plastic, rubber, and metal are in these vehicles? Where are the batteries made? How are the batteries made? What happens when the batteries need to be replaced? How much do they cost? Who is making lots of money off this deal while others are going broke? So many questions and those 26 fools known as the Climate Council will never answer one logically or honestly.

    • Re: “What happens if Canada or Quebec decides to shut off the feed?”

      What happens when GMP doesn’t maintain the electric grid? What happens when Seabrook stops providing nuclear power? What happens when the State legislature makes it illegal to use fuel oil and propane? Or NY stops providing its hydro power? What happens when the windmills breakdown? How many solar farms will it take to replace our power needs 24/7?

      What most Vermonters don’t realize is that GMP is owned by the same Canadian consortium that owns and operates Hydro Quebec. And that Hydro Quebec is the fourth largest electric energy producer in the world. And that Hydro Quebec’s power is generated and wasted if they don’t sell it. The Hydro Quebec river systems don’t just stop. Their turbines are always running. Never mind that Hydro Quebec power is as ‘green’ as it gets and that they are right next door.

      So, unless you’re self-sufficient and off-grid, you have to buy your power from someone. Hydro Quebec has power to spare. They want to sell it to us, if for no other reason than to keep the cost of power as low as possible for their own Quebec citizens. And they are charging us less than half the cost we pay for power everywhere else, with the exception of the Seabrook nuclear power plant.

      So, choose your poison.

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