State announces EV charging station construction progress, new survey

STATE OFFICIALS earlier this month detailed progress on its EV charging station initiative and announced a survey to guide the next phase of the initiative. / ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE PHOTO/NAM Y. HUH

HOPKINTON As part of a broader push to encourage electric vehicle usage in Rhode Island, the Ashaway and Warwick Park & Ride will receive their own sets of electric vehicle charging stations. 

Under the the first phase of the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Program, construction is underway to provide each station with two Level 3 DC Fast Chargers.

Under the initiative, the state will establish eight Level 3 DC Fast Chargers along the Alternative Fuel Corridor of Interstate 95, as well as six Level 2 Dual-Port charging stations.

Gov. Daniel J. McKee and Rhode Island’s Congressional Delegation attended a press event showcasing stations’ progress in Hopkinton on March 4, where McKee announced a survey seeking input on design and rollout of the NEVI program’s second phase. Phase 2 will expand the charging stations to other publicly accessible locations throughout the state.

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Those interested in participating can fill out the survey at energy.ri.gov/rinevi. The survey will remain open through May 4.

Funding for the initiative draws from the federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which allocates $7.5 billion towards EV charging accessibility nationwide.

Jacquelyn Voghel is a PBN staff writer. You may reach her at Voghel@PBN.com.

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