MIDDLESEX - Gov. Peter Shumlin, Sen. Patrick Leahy and Green Mountain Power President Mary Powell unveiled a new electric vehicle charging station Monday, calling it a step toward bringing more affordable and energy-efficient transportation to Vermont.
The two electric car chargers are just off Interstate 89 Exit 9 in a parking lot of Red Hen Bakery in Middlesex, and are part of an "EV corridor" that will eventually allow electric cars to run between Boston and Montreal.
GMP partnered with property owner Don Wexler, of Strider Development, to install and run two chargers. GMP footed the $26,800 bill for purchase and installation of the chargers. Wexler will operate the stations, paying for electricity and taking in the profit.
"The charging stations also provide an important boost to the state's economy by saving money on gas and keeping dollars that would have been spent on imported oil right here in Vermont," Shumlin said in a news release.
Electric cars can travel about 75 miles after a full charge, depending on weather, temperature and road conditions. Ideally, Powell said, charging stations would be located every 50 miles. There are 33 charging stations across the state.
In early 2013, Shumlin and Quebec Premier Pauline Marois committed to build a "Green Corridor" for electric cars. The state and Quebec are right on track, Shumlin said Thursday, though the extended route to Boston does not have a specified target date for completion.