- Associated Press - Monday, June 1, 2015

BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Two electric car charging stations are up and running in Bennington, Vermont.

Bennington was one of six towns in the state to receive an Agency of Natural Resources Grant to install the stations. Bennington received $22,000 and had to provide a 25 percent match. One is behind the Town Office and the other is at the municipal parking lot on Pleasant Street.

Michael Harrington, economic and community development director, tells the Bennington Banner (https://bit.ly/1JjpoaT) the plan is to see how much the stations are used over the next three years, then decide whether to keep them free for people to use or impose a fee to recoup some or all of the service software plan funds.

The service plan is run through a company called ChargePoint. People have to sign up with it to use the charging stations. ChargePoint will keep track of how often the stations are used and how much electricity is moved through them.

Harrington said that since a full charge takes a few hours, that’s likely time visitors will spend going around town spending money on food and other items.

Other towns awarded grants were Barre, Burlington, Middlebury, Morristown, and St. Albans.

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Information from: Bennington Banner, https://www.benningtonbanner.com

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