Maine Clean Communities Lends out EV to Municipalities

Maine Clean Communities Successful Grant Recipient
of an All-Electric Nissan Leaf

Maine Clean Communities, a Clean Cities Coalition and program of the Greater Portland Council of Governments (GPCOG), was recently awarded a grant from Central Maine Power (CMP) for a two-year lease of an all-electric, Nissan Leaf electric vehicle (EV), and the installation of two Clipper Creek charging stations at their offices in Portland, Maine.

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2013 Nissan Leaf all-electric EV with solar panel

As part of the grant, Maine Clean Communities is collecting data of drivers’ attitudes, experiences and other data points related to vehicle use, performance, and energy costs and overall savings.

“We are very excited about the opportunity to demonstrate electric vehicle and charging technology to our Stakeholders and member municipalities, and the region as a whole,” said Steve Linnell, Coordinator, Maine Clean Communities.

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Steve Linnell with Mayor Tom Blake, Jon Jennings & Jim Gailey of South Portland and Gail Rice of CMP with the EV at City Hall

So far, Maine Clean Communities has handed over the “key” of the Nissan Leaf to three communities in Maine; South Portland, Portland and Scarborough. The intent is to allow municipalities to try out the vehicle firsthand. In January, the Town of Standish will borrow the vehicle, and Town Manager Gordy Billington has already seen to it that the Town has installed a Level II charging station at their Town Hall.

Even in a harsh Maine winter, Municipal staff and officials have given the vehicle rave reviews and municipal leaders are looking to start incorporating these types of vehicles into their non-emergency municipal fleets and install EV charging stations. This interest and enthusiasm coupled with the special lease program offered from Nissan, should be advantageous to municipalities all across Maine in order to reduce their use and costs of petroleum.

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