The University of Delaware and the state Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) will collaborate on a pilot program to install a few strategically placed EV charging stations to enable long trips in the state.
The new project, which has a budget of $80,000, will take into account driver convenience as well as traffic patterns to major destinations in choosing locations for five or six new charging stations. Planners noted that, in the Mid-Atlantic region, public chargers are clustered within metropolitan areas like Philadelphia and Baltimore, and are not well located for en-route charging.
The 16-kilowatt stations will be no more than 50 miles apart, making the entire state within an electric car’s range. The service will be offered free to users through at least 2014.
“A well-planned electrical highway in Delaware makes it easier for drivers of electric cars both from Delaware and surrounding states to patronize Delaware tourist destinations – from nightlife on the Riverfront to popular shopping districts to our beaches,” said Nancy Targett, dean of UD’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment (CEOE). “Of course, environmentally, air pollution and the need for gasoline are reduced.”
“Through our innovative partnership with the University of Delaware, our state will help accelerate the widespread adoption of electric vehicles throughout the Mid-Atlantic region and seize both greater air quality and economic development benefits for our state,” said DNREC Secretary Collin O’Mara. “No longer will any Delawareans or visiting owners of electric vehicles have to worry about running out of electricity while traveling in the First State.”
Source: University of Delaware