The Easton Energy & Environment Task Force has secured a $15,868 grant from the state to install two electric vehicle (EV) charging stations on Morehouse Road. The grant is funded through a portion of the settlement due Connecticut for Volkswagen’s violations of the Clean Air Act.
Cathy Alfandre, who is on the task force, said members are beginning to plan for the project by gathering information for the installation of EV charging stations. Specific details, such as the precise location and dates, are not yet determined.
“We don’t have many details about the project,” said Alfandre. “We have only slowly been getting info from the state Department of Energy & Environmental Protection and we have our own research to do. I expect that we should have a much clearer path by early 2024, with installation sometime next year.”
Connecticut received $55 million from a Volkswagen settlement that resolved allegations that the car manufacturer installed software that was designed to cheat emissions tests in some of the vehicles sold to customers in the United States.
Gov. Ned Lamont’s administration has released over $6 million from the $55 million settlement to fund electric vehicle supply equipment projects across the state. The state Department of Energy & Environmental Protection is administering the grants.
Easton is one of 55 communities taking part in the effort to encourage the use of electric vehicles.
While the exact details of the project are yet to be finalized, Easton residents can anticipate a future with improved access to EV charging infrastructure, contributing to cleaner air and a more environmentally sustainable town, said Alfandre.