Green transportation gets a boost in Massachusetts, with three free bus lanes planned in Boston and millions funding electric vehicle (EV) charging stations statewide. According to a WBUR news report. The grants cover 100% of the eligible cost to acquire and install publicly accessible charging stations at government-owned properties and 80% at all other locations, up to $50,000 per charging port. Black Coral Inc President will be featured next month at WBUR to discuss Black Coral's mission and the unique way we educate the citizens of Boston about Climate change and the green future paradigm.
What we want to make perfectly clear is that the world has little choice in the matter when it comes to transitioning to renewable energy. Cars will be less expensive to drive and maintain (No oil changes, filters, spark plugs or alternators) and most people will pay for fuel on rare occasions if ever if they have home solar and home batteries. Even if you drive a hybrid your costs will be mush lower. It depends on the vehicle and when and where you charge, but a full charge costs much less than filling a car with gasoline.
On average, it costs the equivalent of $0.80-$1.50 per gallon to charge your EV. The city of Boston has 560 public charging station ports (Level 2 and Level 3) within 15km. 92% of the ports are level 2 charging ports and 62% of the ports offer free charges for your electric car. Virtually all EVs purchased since 2010 have been eligible for a federal tax credit up to $7,500. The exact credit amount is determined based on the capacity of the battery used to power the vehicle so your $28,000 dollar price tag which is the average for most mid range EV's will actually only cost most consumers $20,500. Even the electric companies are getting into the act. Clean transportation advocates are reporting proposals by National Grid and Eversource to spend $470 million on programs to help the state of Massachusetts reach its ambitious goals for electrifying transportation over the next decade.
So why are these companies being so generous? The proposals from major utilities National Grid and Eversource, were submitted to the state public utilities department over the summer of 2021, they set goals of installing nearly 14,000 new stations by 2025.The catch is they want Massachusetts businesses to purchase and install the charging stations and programs like the Eversource EV Charging Station program will cover 100 percent of the infrastructure implementation costs.