Driving an electric car in New Hampshire just got a lot more appealing, with news that the state will be installing a number of free fast-charging stations along six of its major highways. And you might be surprised to learn what company is picking up the tab, as detailed in a Union Leader report.
- New Hampshire will install a number of new fast-charging stations in the state.
- The charging stations will be installed along the corridors of several major highways in New Hampshire.
- New Hampshire’s fast-charging station plan is being funded by $4.6 million from Volkswagen.
New Hampshire is getting a major boost in the ongoing efforts to find ways to make electric cars more practical and appealing to residents.
The state will be installing a number of fast-charging stations along the corridors of six major highways, which is sure to be welcomed news to a lot of EV owners in New Hampshire. Currently, there are 2,366 electric vehicles (EVs) registered in New Hampshire, out of a total of 1,250,713 passenger vehicles registered in the state, according to the New Hampshire Division of Motor Vehicles. That’s nearly three times the number of electric cars that were registered here (835) in mid-2015.
New Hampshire has been taking bids from companies, to begin work on its fast-charging installation project. (Photo: Getty Images)
The project, which is also focused on servicing EV owners traveling through New Hampshire, is being funded by $4.6 million from Volkswagen as part of the carmaker’s settlement over its diesel emissions scandal. Touted as a “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity by one top state official, work on the 5-year project is slated to begin in April.
State officials aren’t stating exactly how many charging stations will be installed under the plan. But they have told companies bidding on the project to make recommendations based on the $4.6 million budget for the initiative.
WHY THIS MATTERS
New Hampshire’s fast-charging installation project is one example of some of the smart mobility initiatives being birthed out of the Volkswagen diesel scandal. Ironically, the project, also helps to position VW as a driving force in the evolving EV space, as the carmaker continues to work to rebuild its reputation.