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Maine college wants to provide Bangor airport with electric car charging station

An electric car charges at a station at Darlings Nissan in Bangor on Tuesday. A similar could soon be installed at Bangor International Airport thanks to the College of the Atlantic. Buy Photo
By Nick McCrea, BDN Staff
Posted Dec. 12, 2013, at 5:28 a.m.
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BANGOR, Maine — In hopes of spurring the popularity of electric cars in Maine, College of the Atlantic wants to put an electric vehicle rapid charging station at Bangor International Airport.

The EV50-PS public fast charging station, valued at $15,000, was donated to the college by Nissan North America, and College of the Atlantic wants to install it at the airport and leave it for anyone to use.

It’s unlikely people will be lining up to use the station. According to Alex Pine, a fourth-year College of the Atlantic student working with the airport on the project, there might be around 20 all-electric vehicles in the Bangor and Midcoast areas, but maybe 10 of those are equipped to handle rapid charging stations. Most currently use charging stations at home or at their Nissan or Chevy dealers.

Nonetheless, the college hopes an airport station will spark a trend.

“The electric vehicle is a chicken and the egg game,” said Lynn Boulger, dean of institutional advancement at College of the Atlantic, a small liberal arts school on Mount Desert Island with a heavy focus on sustainability, alternative energy and “being green.”
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