Electric vehicles are proliferating every year, and local councils are adapting. Peterborough’s upcoming municipal electric charging station is a recent reflection of the municipality’s selection of municipal ships and public charging infrastructure.

“The most obvious and obvious thing to everyone is that these electric cars are meaningful,” said Jessica Wilcox, an environmental services transportation program coordinator and coordinator of the Granite Clean City Coalition. While cities may not have been able to provide or subsidize gas stations to motorists in the past, it has the potential to reduce electricity emissions, use energy efficiently and improve air quality, in the case of electric buses in school zones. He said those are needs that can benefit many communities.

And the demand is there – she says she receives calls every week – if not every day – from municipalities interested in completing infrastructure or changing their fleet. New options for electric medium and heavy-duty equipment Some cities are looking to replace school buses, garbage trucks, police ships and other municipal vehicles, he said. “Interest increases are certainly interesting,” he said. In this regard, local governments could be the pioneers of the state: in 2019, Governor Chris Sununu blocked a proposal to restrict the use of state-owned electric vehicles.

As of June 2021, there were 2,690 electric vehicles registered in New Hampshire, about half of the state’s total vehicles. There are 21,010 in Massachusetts, 1,920 in Maine and 2,230 in Vermont. All states around New Hampshire have promised zero-emission vehicles over the next decade for zero-emission vehicles. In the meantime, “regional anxiety” is not the fault of new cars with battery technology improvements, allowing Wilcox to travel farther for a fee.

Although 80 percent of electricity bills occur at home, as these numbers grow, there must be some infrastructure across the state to accommodate residents and goblin tourists, Wilcox said.

There are currently more than 130 public charging stations throughout the state, and New Hampshire is in the process of reopening applications for the construction of a series of high-speed chargers (Level 3) on federal highways. Appropriate applicant Wilcox said.

According to Wilcox, chargers are an integral part of electric vehicle technology. Although Tesla Super Chargers only serve Tesla, other modern fast chargers can provide any vehicle – including Tesla – with both CCS and CHAdeMO chargers, according to the EV Safe Charge website.

Private chargers will also be raised.MilliporeSigma, a life sciences manufacturing company and one of the largest employers of Jeffrey, has installed four chargers for use by customers and employees in 2016. They said. He also said that the company’s efforts to reduce carbon footprint would further encourage workers to live a low-carbon lifestyle. They are well used – “Last year we saw a total of 2,655 hours of charging in 967 charging sessions started by 15 special drivers.” That energy is equivalent to 1,000 gallons of gasoline, he said. He also said that the company will provide incentives to employees who buy qualified hybrids and electric vehicles.

How does a city get started?

Wilcox has vast resources for municipalities that follow electric vehicle projects. He said meeting with communities who have recently completed a similar project is a good way to discuss potential pitfalls and visualize a successful implementation plan. The Nashua Regional Planning Commission recently announced that it has set up a task force to inspect electric school buses. He also said that there is support from the US Department of Energy’s technical response team.

Is one way better for a city to get into electric vehicle technology than another? “Every community is very different,” says Wilcox. For example, he said, installing a charging station could be simple or complex and expensive, depending on the city’s special circumstances, such as whether there is electricity in a previously suspected parking lot, or whether the city wants to charge a fee.

According to Wilcox, it would be wise for a city to start buying electric vehicles. When the community saw that it was being used, it said, “It will be noticed and it will create awareness and trust.”

Asked what other cities need to know about a municipal charging station project like Peterborough, Peterborough’s assistant mayor said, “It’s a little more sophisticated technology than he thinks.” McLean praised Peterborough’s good seller and the election of an interim power committee for the success of the project so far. “You need a salesperson who will look after you, not just the project, but the whole process,” he said. “Because the technology is new and many small companies are competing for the footprint, there is still a lot of different hardware and prices, so a strong screening process is needed,” he said.

Peterborough Energy Committee has provided “invaluable” research and access to other cities, predicting potential problems, says McLean.

One such problem was interest payments. Demand payments are calculated in half an hour based on the demand for a commercial energy meter, McLean recently explained to the Election Board. “It’s important to understand how they are calculated on municipal accounts, what happens in a particular application, and then how to reduce them,” said Peterborough Energy Committee chairman Peter Emans.

The Derri City warning came from Derry to Peterborough, hoping that the chargers would be able to charge their vehicles for free, as the Derri City Council hoped the chargers would boost the downtown economy. . A couple vehicles visited every day, and although the residents of the neighborhood benefited more than expected, users said they liked the system and said the city was prepared to charge $ 150 to $ 200 a month. Then something changed in two months.

“The bills have increased by 200 and 300 percent, almost overnight,” Foul said. He said the price increase was due to a change in the billing system of interestors and that chargers, whether small or small, would remain in place. Derry shut down the chargers this May, and they will wait until the city finds a way to reduce demand, Fouer said. He said cities should seek better advice from electricians, overtime account republican, and exploring charging technology. “We thought we had done most of our homework, but sadly, the rules have changed.”

To reduce their expected demand, Peterborough plans to install a separate meter for each charging port, McLean said.

McLean now predicts that a city could leverage 10- or 15-year benefits in the future by jumping on electric vehicle technology. “It really expands, we know that. The technology is ubiquitous, and vehicles are becoming more and more expensive, ”said McLean. “At this point, he is clearly not going in the opposite direction,” he said.