Need to charge your electric vehicle fast? Head to South Burlington.
The fastest electrical vehicle charger publicly available in the state is now up and running in South Burlington, promising 200 miles of range after just 30 minutes of charging.
Installed by SunCommon in the parking lot shared by CVS, Homewood Suites and People's United Bank on Dorset Street, the station includes two DC (direct current) fast chargers provided by ChargePoint. Previously, the EV charging station that SunCommon installed at Mad River Taste Place in Waitsfield in 2020 was the fastest in Vermont.
The South Burlington charging station is convenient to Interstate 89 and in the thick of things for both Burlington and South Burlington, although a little tricky to access.
The DC chargers are nearly 20 times faster than a standard home charger, which takes an average of nine hours to deliver the same 200 miles of range. DC fast chargers convert AC (alternating current) power to DC within the charging station and deliver DC power directly to the battery. That's why they're faster.
"This new charging station signifies a pivotal infrastructural milestone for Vermont as we transition to a new way of powering our homes, cars and businesses," said James Moore, co-founder at SunCommon, in a news release. "It also brings equity of access to electric vehicles as anyone can use the station, making it a great option for apartment dwellers who want to drive an electric vehicle, but don't have a place to charge it."
The new charging station is partially funded by the Volkswagen Fraud Settlement, which required the carmaker to pay billions of dollars in civil damages for making false claims about its "clean diesel" cars. SunCommon said there is the opportunity to install more fast chargers at the South Burlington location, as demand increases over time.
As part of the new National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Formula Program, Vermont will receive $21.2 million in federal funding over five years to support fast-charging stations along "alternative fuel corridors" being planned to stretch across the country. Vermont has set the goal of having 170,000 electric vehicles in the state by 2030.
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