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USA: Library adds EV “fill-up” station

Wilton has joined Connecticut Light & Power’s EV Research Project, with a charging station for electric vehicles installed and just about ready to go at Wilton Library. It should be operational in another week or so.

“Wilton is the latest to join the study,” said Mitch Gross, a spokesman for the utility which first announced the project last year. “The cars have entered the market,” he said of electric vehicles such as the Chevy Volt, and CL&P is trying to discover “does it make sense to have a network of stations in the state.”

Wilton is one of many communities that expressed an interest, he said.

The request for the charging station came from the Wilton Library Association. Library Executive Director Elaine Tai-Lauria said it is part of a national trend of developing more eco-friendly vehicles and building charging stations that she is excited to introduce to Wilton. “We always want to bring things to the community that will be beneficial to our environment,” she said.

One parking space will be reserved for drivers seeking to charge their car at the far end of the lot near Old Ridgefield Road.

“We’re happy to be the first in Wilton to do this,” she added.

CL&P picked up the cost for the unit, which is about $3,000, but the cost of operating the charger will be up to the library association. Some municipalities impose a fee for their use, others provide them for free. Ms. Tai-Lauria said the library does not plan to charge for use of the station at this time. The cost to charge a car is less than $2.


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