State officials expanding electric vehicle charging stations in Rhode Island


HOPKINTON, R.I. (WLNE) — Phase one of the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure program is in full effect.

The program launched in December 2023 with a focus on the installation of fast charging stations in Rhode Island, including locations in Hopkinton and Warwick.

“This is progress we are making,” Congressman Gabe Amo said. “It is not going to happen all at once, but we are being thoughtful, and this project requires that.”

Rhode Island received $22.9 million for the project over five years.

“We have depended on fossil fuels for a very long time,” Senator Jack Reed added. “But they have created serious challenges when it comes to our economy, our environment, and our national security.”

The fast chargers are capable of charging an electric car up to 80 percent within 20 to 40 minutes.

“I just got [to the charging port] 10-15 minutes or so ago,” said Charlestown resident Nathan Quimby. “And within the five minutes, it was already to 10-20% or so.”

“I am happy to hear that,” Quimby continued. “They are going to be building new fast super chargers.”

State leaders said they hope more people will be open to buying electric cars to make a positive impact.

“At least I can say, even on a minor scale, I am supporting the environment over using a gas car,” concluded Quimby.


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