More than 30 governmental entities begin to electrify fleets using grants from Efficiency Maine's EV Rebate Program – Bangor Daily News

AUGUSTA — A 10-month program conducted by Efficiency Maine has helped 33 state governmental entities add electric vehicles to their municipal and transportation services fleets. Municipalities as far north as Lincoln and Guilford, and as far east as Bar Harbor — along with school districts and towns throughout the state — took advantage of the special offer.

Efficiency Maine launched the promotion in December 2020 with the aim to further boost EV adoption in the state. The promotion, which issued 86 rebates, closed on Aug. 31.

“After we announced the limited-time promotion, we saw that several car manufacturers were offering generous lease incentives that, when combined with Efficiency Maine’s rebates, could result in low- or no-cost leases,” said Michael Stoddard, executive director of the Efficiency Maine Trust. “We chose to focus on municipal vehicles because they often have predictable duty cycles and generally don’t travel longer than the typical range for a new EV — about 200 miles per charge — in the same day. 


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