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New program for charging electric cars

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (WTNH)– There’s a new program being run by the state that aims to change people’s driving habits.

When Northeast Utilities and NStar merged last year, part of the settlement agreement was to give money to the state. And now the state is putting the money to use with hopes of enticing people to take the future for a spin.

When most look under the car’s hood, they see an engine. For other like Dave Oliveria, they see the future.

Dave is an employee at Kaman in Middletown, and for the last six years he’s driven to work with the help of the same energy source that powers his toaster, electricity.

“I can plug in anywhere and charge and keep driving,” said Oliveria.

Soon there could be a lot more Daves in the parking lot.

Kaman will soon be installing two new charging stations for electric vehicles, thanks to grants being given out to several dozen businesses by the state.

Now in all, the state will be investing around $136,000 to get charging stations all over the state. While that might sound like a lot of money for electric car drivers, they say it’s a good investment.

Over at “Perk on Main” in Durham, owner Katie Hughes agrees.
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