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More than $2 million announced for vehicle charging stations

September 12, 2018

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. (AP) — Republican Gov. Phil Scott has announced $2.4 million in funding for electric vehicle charging stations around Vermont.

The Times Argus reports the funding was announced Tuesday as part of an Electrical Vehicle Supply Equipment program.

The money comes from a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency settlement with Volkswagen over the automaker’s diesel emissions cheating scandal.

Scott says the program will help the state reach its goal of 90 percent renewable energy use by 2050.

The program prioritized applications for stations near schools, tourist destinations, hospitals and public transit.

First round grant applications are due Nov. 30 and the money may be disbursed through 2027.

Executive Director of NetZero Vermont Deb Sachs calls the program a “step in the right direction,” but says the state should invest in faster charging stations.

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Information from: The Times Argus, http://www.timesargus.com/

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