From the new Hartford line to the Tesla superchargers at 777 Main Street, transportation is getting cleaner and greener in Hartford.
A ribbon-cutting for the largest cluster of charging stations in Connecticut was recently hosted by the Electric Vehicle Club of Connecticut, Connecticut Fund for the Environment, and the Connecticut Electric Vehicle Coalition. A reception and panel discussion of EV policy followed, with moderator and panelists:
- Claire Coleman – Energy and Environment Attorney at CT Fund for the Environment
- Matt Macunas – Legislative Liaison and EV Policy Specialist at CT Green Bank
- Kerri Enright Kato – Director of DEEP’s Office of Climate Change
- Emily Lewis – Policy Analyst at The Acadia Center
An EV “ride and drive” featured an array of new electric vehicles, including BMW, Nissan, Chevrolet, Tesla, and Honda.
777 Main was designed and developed by Becker and Becker. Principal Bruce Becker, also the president of the Electric Vehicle Club of CT, stated, “80% of EV charging is done at home. Residents of apartments and condos typically have less access to charging, which is a significant barrier to ownership for a lot of people, especially in cities. The ambitious emission-reduction goals set by the state underscore the importance of increasing the number of EVs from the 6,264 registered as of March. This project in Hartford, CT serves as an example for adding charging features in housing developments as an impetus to accelerate EV adoption.”
The Electric Vehicle Club of CT is the first EV club in the state. The club has staged public-learning events, EV road rallies and showcases, and works with the legislature to advocate for EV-friendly policy.