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Lancaster officials prepare for four new charging stations

LANCASTER — The town will soon be getting its first public electric-car charging station, thanks to grants from the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources and National Grid.

Town Administrator Orlando Pacheco said residents will be able to plug in their hybrid or electric cars and get a charge at no charge.

“We don’t see it as a substantial cost,” said Pacheco. He said making visitors pay for the electricity would require the purchase and installation of additional equipment, and he does not anticipate it will be used constantly.

“We hope it encourages people to use our public facilities,” said Pacheco, such as the community center or library. “Hopefully, we may provide someone the incentive to buy an electric vehicle or a plug-in hybrid.”

There is no date when the installation will take place. Pacheco said it will be located on the lower level of Town Hall. The town is already considered a Designated Green Community by the state, and Pacheco said he expects the town to buy an electric car to be shared by the building and assessing departments to use when making inspections.

The Department of Energy Resources will pay for the equipment and the first $1,000 of the installation cost for the charging station. National Grid will pay for the rest of the installation and be in charge of monitoring power usage from the charging station.

The town already has four electric-car charging stations at Ron Bouchard Auto Sales in Lancaster.



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