Vermont utility boosts EV adoption with infrastructure development


The utility firm will install two 240V dual port EV charging stations at a local shopping mall in New North End, Burlington in Vermont state.

The development of the two EV charging stations will increase the number of charging stations installed by the utility in its service territory to 24.

The project falls under BED’s efforts to reduce carbon emissions from the transportation and energy sectors.

The installation of the two EV charging stations is in line with the utility’s response to findings of a survey implemented in September.

The results of the survey stated lack of inadequate EV charging stations for residents in New North End.

[quote] 45% of participants of the survey highlighted their interest in having the charging stations located at North End shopping more ahead of other shortlisted locations with inadequate supply of EV charging stations.

The two EV charging stations are expected to be developed as from next week for completion in mid-December.

The new Level 2 stations will fully charge a vehicle in an average of four hours.

EV charging and clean energy adoption

Miro Weinberger, Mayor of Burlington municipality, added: “BED is working hard on many fronts to build on its remarkable milestone of sourcing 100 percent of Burlington’s power from renewable generation, and to move us closer to becoming a net zero energy city.”

BED will partner with Hannaford for deployment of the project. In previous projects, the two have developed 11 EV charging stations in the Burlington city.

Recently, the two parties partnered on an energy efficiency project which included the installation of LED lighting systems and their automated control systems.

In a press statement, BED said the EV powering stations project falls under measures to reach targets set by the Vermont state government to ensure that 10% of vehicles on the road are powered by renewable energy by 2025.

Due to a number of projects aiming to increase the use of EVs, adoption has since June 2014 risen from 88 to 1,400 in October 2016 in Vermont. [California utility partners to increase EV infrastructure].


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Nicholas Nhede is an experienced energy sector writer based in Clarion Event's Cape Town office. He has been writing for Smart Energy International’s print and online media platforms since 2015, on topics including metering, smart grids, renewable energy, the Internet of Things, distributed energy resources and smart cities. Originally from Zimbabwe, Nicholas holds a diploma in Journalism and Communication Studies. Nicholas has a passion for how technology can be used to accelerate the energy transition and combat climate change.