By Bob Katzen
The Baker administration announced that an additional $4 million has been made available to support new and enhanced electric vehicle charging infrastructure programs across the state.
These programs, part of the Massachusetts Electric Vehicle Incentive Program, are funded by the 2017 settlement of the Volkswagen diesel emissions court case. The funds include $1.5 million for fast-charging stations, $1.5 million for public-access charging stations and $1 million for workplace and fleets charging station infrastructure. These funds are in addition to $5 million that has already been made available for similar programs.
“Emissions from the transportation sector pollute our environment and threaten the health of citizens across Massachusetts,” said Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito. “By funding these important electric vehicle infrastructure programs, we will continue to shift toward alternative-energy vehicles and put the commonwealth on the path to a net zero emission future.”
“Our administration is investing in the electrifying the transportation sector to combat climate change while protecting public health and boosting the commonwealth’s economy,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Kathleen Theoharides. “These programs will help build upon Massachusetts’ existing charging infrastructure with faster technology to support thousands of drivers who will be able to charge their vehicles in a matter of minutes.”