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US utility Avangrid has expanded its partnership with Nissan to accelerate consumer and employee adoption of electric vehicles in New York, New England and Oregon.

Avangrid was offering discounts to consumers of its subsidiary Rochester Electric & Gas in New York and United Illuminating in Connecticut.

The discounts are now available to customers and employees of Central Maine Power and New York State Electric & Gas. The two subsidiaries of Avangrid had implemented three EV pilot projects and proposed a $29 million EV programme to expand charging infrastructure.

The two will:

  1. Provide 3.2 million customers and employees with a $5,000 discount on the purchase of a Nissan LEAF electric vehicle
  2. Expand the utility’s EV fleet by 75% in 2019
  3. Invest $34 million to expand EV charging infrastructure in Maine and New York. Avangrid had committed $5 million towards the installation of EV infrastructure in Maine in 2018

The project is part of efforts by Avangrid to reduce its carbon footprint following a 2016 set goal to reduce the company’s emissions by 25% by 2020.

James P. Torgerson, AVANGRID’s CEO, said: “As one of the cleanest U.S. energy companies, we are committed to investing in innovative and sustainable energy solutions for our customers.”

Avangrid became the first US energy company to set a goal for carbon neutrality, in 2016. The utility plans to become carbon neutral by 2035.

 “Demand for clean energy goes beyond powering our homes and businesses. Enabling customers to invest in electrified transportation by expanding our incentives and charging infrastructure is yet another component to ensuring a secure energy future.”

To date, Avangrid is the third-largest US wind producer, owning and operating 6.6GW of wind and solar generation.

With an owned capacity that is 89% emissions-free, the energy delivered from AVANGRID’s renewable energy facilities has allowed customers to avoid 12 million metric tons of CO2 emissions, which is equivalent to removing 2.55 million cars from the road annually.