DEEP: Connecticut DEEP and DOT to Showcase Electric Vehicle Options at Middlesex Community College

Connecticut DEEP and DOT to Showcase Electric Vehicle Options at Middlesex Community College
 
Event July 9, 2013 from 10AM – 2:00 PM in Chapman Hall
 
Connecticut’s Departments of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) and Transportation (DOT), and Middlesex Community College are hosting an electric vehicle (EV) expo on Tuesday, July 9, 2013 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM in Chapman Hall on the campus of Middlesex Community College, 100 Training Hill Road, Middletown.  “EVConnecticut,” a partnership between DEEP and DOT is organizing the expo.  The event is free and open to the public. 
 
At the expo, visitors will be able to:
 
• Explore the newest EV models on the market
 
• Meet with EV professionals and other EV enthusiasts
 
• Have all of their EV questions answered in one place
 
• Compare different EV charging stations
 
• Lean about Connecticut’s plans for significantly expanding the number of EV charging stations in the state
 
EVConnecticut is preparing Connecticut for a rapid and seamless integration of electric vehicles into the market by providing resources and information to owners of EVs and by expanding the availability of EV charging stations.  Expanding the number of charging stations available to the public will help decrease motorists’ concerns about running out of power in their electric vehicles (“range anxiety”) and result in increasing the sales of EVs.  The state is working to have 200 public electric vehicle charging stations open in Connecticut by the fall of 2013.
 
“Electric vehicles combine two of the five major priority areas outlined in Governor Malloy’s Comprehensive Energy Strategy – transportation and energy efficiency,” said DEEP Commissioner Daniel C. Esty.  “Not only are electric vehicles cleaner and less harmful to the environment, they are also more energy efficient and on average cheaper to operate than conventional-fueled vehicles.  By aggressively increasing the number of charging stations in the state, we are making it easier than ever to purchase, drive, and maintain an electric vehicle.”
 
“The transportation sector accounts for nearly one-third of the energy consumed in Connecticut and produces roughly 40% of the state’s greenhouse emissions,” said DOT Commissioner James P. Redeker.  “The Governor’s Comprehensive Energy Strategy supports not only the public’s transition to cleaner vehicles but also the fleet vehicles of government and industry, enabling the state to dramatically decrease air emissions and conventional fuel consumption.”
 
For more information on the EVConnecticut Expo and to learn more about electric vehicles, visit the EVConnecticut website at www.ct.gov/deep/evconnecticut.  For information on additional ways Connecticut residents can make smart energy choices, visit the EnergizeCT website.