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Press Release Baker-Polito Administration Awards Grants to Support Electric Vehicle Technologies

$370,566 in Grants Awarded to 27 Groups for Electric Vehicles and Charging Infrastructure
For immediate release:
4/23/2019
  • Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection

Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Awards Grants to Support Electric Vehicle Technologies

Edmund Coletta, MassDEP – Director of Public Affairs

BOSTON The Baker-Polito Administration today awarded grants totaling $370,566 to support alternative fuel vehicles and related infrastructure across the Commonwealth through the Massachusetts Electric Vehicle Incentive Program (MassEVIP) Fleets and Workplace Charging initiatives. The announcement, made during an Earth Week celebration at Brockton City Hall, builds upon the Baker-Polito Administration’s efforts to reduce carbon emissions from the transportation sector, and ensure electric vehicle charging stations are more widely available across Massachusetts. Grant recipients include municipal governments, public colleges and universities, and state agencies garaging fleet vehicles, and workplaces with 15 or more employees.

“Massachusetts continues to lead the nation in addressing climate change through continued investments in transportation solutions that work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “The Massachusetts Electric Vehicle Incentive Program is an important tool for the continued development of infrastructure and technologies that promote a cleaner, more resilient transportation system.”

“As our administration continues its efforts to promote an electrified transportation network, we look forward to working with stakeholders through the Massachusetts Electric Vehicle Incentive Program to encourage the transition to electric vehicles and continue to reduce emissions in the transportation sector,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito.

The MassEVIP Fleets program provides up to $7,500 per vehicle to purchase or lease plug-in EVs and up to another $7,500 to install the stations needed to charge them. The MassEVIP Workplace Charging program funds 60 percent of the cost of charging stations, up to $50,000 per address, for employers with at least 15 employees on-site. The MassEVIP Workplace Charging funds are part of Massachusetts $75 million allocation under the Volkswagen emissions cheating scandal court case.

“Electric vehicles are a critical component to the Baker-Polito Administration’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions under the Global Warming Solutions Act,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton. “Massachusetts continues to create a cleaner and healthier environment for our residents through our innovative policies and programs and the choices made by residents, communities, and stakeholders.” 

Since its inception in 2013, the MassEVIP Fleets program has provided $2.66 million to 83 separate public entities supporting 267 electric vehicles (EVs) and 92 publicly accessible EV charging stations.

“Reducing transportation sector emissions will be critical not only to climate mitigation efforts, but also to our efforts to improve air quality across the Commonwealth,” said MassDEP Commissioner Martin Suuberg. “In addition, over the lifetime of an electric vehicle, an owner can reduce fuel consumption by more than 6,000 gallons of gasoline, reducing fuel costs significantly.”

The City of Brockton, an early participant in MassEVIP, has already acquired 13 electric vehicles (EVs) through the Fleets Program, a decision based both on the economic benefits they provide as well as to promote its sustainable directives. The city also has six publicly accessible charging stations, and is adding a 14th electric vehicle to their fleet.

“This is just one of a number of projects Brockton has undertaken that has allowed us to earn Green Community status and reduce our carbon footprint,” said Mayor Bill Carpenter. “We would not have been able to undertake this initiative without this unique grant opportunity from MassDEP. Brockton is a strong partner to MassDEP and remains committed to adopting new technologies that are environmentally friendly and have a positive benefit to our community.”

MassEVIP Fleets Grant Award Recipients:

Recipient

All-Electric Vehicles

Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles

Charging Stations

Total Funding

Littleton Electric Light Department

1

 

 

$7,500

City of Waltham

6

 

1

$52,500

Wareham Fire District - Water Department

 

1

 

$5,000

Town of Oak Bluffs

4

 

 

$20,000

University of Massachusetts Lowell

4

 

 

$20,000

Town of Chatham

1

 

 

$5,000

City of Brockton DPW - Refuse

1

 

 

$5,000

Town of Marion

2

2

 

$21,000

City of Woburn

2

 

 

$15,000

Town of Concord

1

 

 

$7,500

Town Of Sudbury

1

 

 

$7,500

Taunton Municipal Lighting Plant

2

 

1

$17,500

Town of Marblehead

1

 

 

$7,500

Town of Orleans

 

1

 

$5,000

City Of Newton DPW

20

 

 

$100,000

Town of Cohasset

3

 

 

$15,000

Ashburnham Municipal Light Plant

1

 

 

$7,500

TOTALS

50

4

2

$318,500

MassEVIP Workplace Charging Grant Award Recipients:

Recipient

Location

Charging Stations

Total Funding

Schraffts City Center LLC

Charlestown

1

$4,023

College of the Holy Cross

Worcester

4

$16,605

Massachusetts Audubon Society, Inc.

Natick

1

$3,479

Globus Medical Inc.

Methuen

2

$2,554

City of Haverhill

Haverhill

1

$3,540

Concord Business Center, LLC

Acton

1

$4,383

Hopkinton Business Center, LLC

Hopkinton

1

$4,383

Northstone, LLC

North Reading

1

$4,017

One Memorial Owner LLC

Cambridge

2

$8,311

The Porches Inn/Mohawk Hospitality LLC

North Adams

2

$771

TOTALS

 

16

$52,066

“Thank you to Governor Baker, Lieutenant Governor Polito and MassDEP Commissioner Suuberg for choosing to add an additional electric vehicle to bring the City of Brockton’s fleet to 14,” said State Senator Michael D. Brady (D-Brockton). “This is another positive step forward in reducing emissions and the direct effects of climate change.”   

“I’m happy that Brockton will be able to continue to reduce emissions in our community by adding another electric vehicle,” said State Representative Gerry Cassidy (D-Brockton). “Eliminating greenhouse gases is crucial to improving air quality for all of our residents.”

“I am pleased that Brockton was able to secure a MassEVIP Fleets grant award,” said State Representative Claire Cronin (D-Easton), House Chair of the Judiciary Committee. “This grant will allow Brockton to acquire another electric vehicle to help achieve its sustainability goals.”

“Mass Audubon tries to lead by example and is committed to drawing down our own greenhouse gas emissions by using renewable sources for all of our energy needs,” said Elissa Landre, director of Mass Audubon’s Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary in Natick and Sherborn. “As a statewide organization, we concluded that conversion to electric vehicles will contribute significantly to that goal and that hosting EV charging stations at our wildlife sanctuaries will serve as a visible example for our staffers and more than a half-million annual visitors.”

Massachusetts signed onto a multi-state State Zero-Emission Vehicle Programs Memorandum of Understanding to achieve a total of 3.3 million Zero Emission Vehicles on the road in participating states by 2025. Massachusetts portion of the total is 300,000. The most recent data through March 31, 2019 indicate that there are more than 23,000 EVs registered in Massachusetts.

Interested applicants can find further information on the MassEVIP programs here.

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Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Awards Grants to Support Electric Vehicle Technologies

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