Electric Vehicles

News and Updates

Maine Clean Communities Lends out EV to Municipalities

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.

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.

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

National EV Plug-In Day in Falmouth, Maine – September 29th, 2013

On Sunday, September 29th Maine Clean Communities joined over 20 EV owners to showcase our new Nissan Leaf at TideSmart Global in Falmouth.

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Maine Clean Communities and GPCOG was recently awarded a 2-year lease of a vehicle and charging units from Central Maine Power as part of their EV competitive grant program.

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Central Maine Power was in attendance as well with their Chevy Volt Plug-In Hybrid Vehicle.

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There were also five Tesla EV models from the Roadster to the new Model S with owners coming in from Massachusetts and New Hampshire to show them off.

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Jennifer Puser of Maine Clean Communities and
Adam Lee of Lee Auto at National Plug-In Day in Maine

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Honda CMax Plug-In Hybrid

Ford CMax Plug-In Hybrid

More photos from the National EV Plug-In Day Facebook Page

Maine Channel 6 News Story on National EV Plug-In Day in Falmouth

Maine Channel 8 News Story on National EV Plug-In Day in Falmouth

Workplace Electric Vehicle Charging Pledge
Join top companies such as 3M, Coca-Cola, Dell, General Electric, Google, Siemens, and Ford in signing the Workplace Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Pledge.

Employers across the country are beginning to offer plug-in electric vehicle charging access in workplace parking lots. In order to support the deployment of workplace charging infrastructure, the Department of Energy (DOE) has launched the Workplace Charging Challenge, with the goal of a tenfold increase in U.S. employer EV charging in the next five years.

Partners who sign the Workplace Charging Pledge will:

  • Commit to assess employee charging demand and develop a plan to install charging stations.
  • Take action by implementing a plan to install charging stations for their employees.
  • Share progress on achieving plan milestones over time, as well as best practices.

Installing EV workplace charging is a sign of corporate leadership, showing a willingness to adopt advanced technology as well as increasing consumer exposure and access to EV charging opportunities. Employer-provided EV charging also serves as an appealing employee benefit that can help attract and retain a cutting-edge workforce. It also enhances corporate sustainability efforts and can be a valuable complement to employee energy education and reduction plans.

Employers who sign the Pledge will have access to DOE technical assistance, informational resources, and an information forum. Additionally, successes made by those who undertake the Pledge will be recognized and their best practices will be identified and disseminated.

To learn more about the Workplace Charging Pledge or if you’re ready to sign on, please contact Jennifer Puser at (207) 774-9891.

Thirteen Major Companies Join Energy Department’s Workplace Charging Challenge
Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced 13 major U.S. employers and eight stakeholder groups have joined the new Workplace Charging Challenge to help expand access to workplace charging stations for American workers across the country. The Workplace Charging Pledge as partners include: 3M, Chrysler Group, Duke Energy, Eli Lilly and Company, Ford, GE, GM, Google, Nissan, San Diego Gas & Electric, Siemens, Tesla, and Verizon. The pledge commits each partner organization to assess workforce PEV charging demands, and then develop and implement a plan to install workplace charging infrastructure for at least one major worksite location.

The Workplace Charging Challenge is a collaborative effort to increase the number of U.S. employers offering workplace charging by tenfold in the next five years. The Challenge also supports the broader efforts of the Department’s EV Everywhere Grand Challenge, announced by President Obama in March 2012, to make PEVs as affordable and convenient for the American family as gasoline-powered vehicles within the next 10 years.

Eight stakeholder organizations also have signed the Ambassador Pledge to develop and execute plans to support and promote the workplace charging initiative, including: California PEV Collaborative, CALSTART, Electric Drive Transportation Association, Electrification Coalition, International Parking Institute, NextEnergy, Plug In America, and Rocky Mountain Institute. To support the Partners and Ambassadors who sign the pledge, DOE will provide technical assistance and establish a forum for Partners and Ambassadors to share information.

The Energy Department also released the EV Everywhere Grand Challenge Blueprint, which describes PEV technology and deployment barriers, as well as steps to move forward in achieving the EV Everywhere goal. The full Blueprint can be found here.

More information about the Challenge or EV Everywhere.


Outreach and Education

Odyssey 2012: National Alternative Fuel Vehicle Day
On October 19 & 20, 2012 Maine Clean Communities teamed up with Southern Maine Community College to help build awareness and enthusiasm for alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles, showcasing a wide range of technologies and fuels, including electric, propane, natural gas, biodiesel, hybrids, and ethanol.

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Click here to learn more about this event.

Electric & Natural Gas Vehicles: Reducing Maine’s Oil Dependence
On October 25, 2012 Maine Clean Communities and E2Tech partnered to provide a two part event with up-to-date information on Electric and Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) vehicles and infrastructure development in the Greater Portland area and throughout Maine, which also including a display of EVs and CNG vehicles.

Click here to learn more about this event.

Electric Vehicle Display and Press Conference
On May 21, 2012 Maine Clean Communities and the Sierra Club of Maine held a press conference outside One Longfellow Square in Portland to announce the showing of the film “Revenge of the Electric Car” the following night, highlight the availability of EVs in Maine, tout their environmental and petroleum reduction benefits, and discuss the EV-related work being done by Maine Clean Communities in the Greater Portland Region.

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“Revenge of the Electric Car” Film Event
On May 22, 2012 approximately 90 people joined Maine Clean Communities and the Sierra Club of Maine for an EV display with seven EV and Hybrid Electric Plug-In Vehicles and the Maine Premiere of the film “Revenge of the Electric Car” at One Longfellow Square in Portland.

The film is a follow-up to the very successful “Who Killed the Electric Car” which chronicled the demise of the Electric Vehicle (EV) market and destruction of electric cars in the early 1990s. The newest film follows four entrepreneurs battling from inside GM, Nissan, Tesla and a private business who stake everything on the comeback of the electric car.

Click here to see photos and more about the events!

The Northeast Electric Vehicle Network
The Northeast Electric Vehicle Network is made up of ten states and the District of Columbia. The states involved include: Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

Funding for the initiative is provided in part by a nearly $1 million “Electric Vehicle Readiness” grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), which was awarded to NYSERDA on behalf of the Transportation Climate Initiative (TCI).  TCI states work collaboratively on the DOE grant with 16 Clean Cities initiatives, including Maine Clean Communities, throughout the region.

The Network has worked together to promote economic growth, maintain the region’s leadership in the clean energy economy, and reduce the area’s dependence on oil and it’s emissions of greenhouse gases and other pollutants by promoting Electric Vehicles (EVs). Participating states are also engaging in important planning work to remove barriers to the widespread adoption of EVs and ensure that public charging stations are placed in strategic locations that both maximize usage and facilitate interstate travel.

States continue to develop the partnerships needed in both the public and private sector to build a robust network of charging stations throughout the region. Already, more than 540 charging stations are publicly available in the region, and more than 70 companies have pledged to work with northeastern states to support the deployment of EVs.

To learn more about the Northeast Electric Vehicle Network click here.

Electric Vehicle Stakeholder Group
Maine Clean Communities (MC2) has formed an impressive stakeholder group assembled to determine the current status of Electric Vehicles (EVs), Plug-In Hybrid Vehicles, and charging infrastructure in the Greater Portland Region. An EV Feasibility Study was completed in October, 2011 and focused on answering questions related to permitting, infrastructure, outreach, education, safety, sales and availability of EVs and Plug-In Hybrids in the region.

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Members of the Stakeholder Group include the following:

Kelly Arata, Maine Department of Transportation
Jamie Braaten, General Electric
Andy Cadot, Attorney at Law
John Carroll, Central Maine Power
Lynn Cayting, Maine Department of Environmental Protection
Calen Colby, Colby Engineering
Nelson Collins, Assistant State Fire Marshall
Jamie Cough, Central Maine Power
Mike Desautels, EATON
Bill Drinkwater, EVMaine.org
Wayne Krauth, Insurance Automation Group
Adam Lee, Lee Auto Malls
Chris Lepp, General Electric
Steve Linnell, GPCOG/MC2
Tony O’Malley, EATON
David Patterson, Mitsubishi Motors
Jennifer Puser, GPCOG/MC2
Joan Saxe, Sierra Club
Marge Schmuckal, City of Portland

The stakeholder group broke up into several work groups that met over several months beginning in April, 2011. A Feasibility Study report was completed in September, 2011 and a final meeting of the stakeholder group was held in the beginning of October, 2011.