Newark has received $490,000 from Energize Delaware and $42,000 from the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Electric Vehicle Charging Equipment Rebates Program, which supports the Delaware Clean Vehicle Rebate Program.
“Newark is proud to be a sustainability leader in Delaware,” said Jeff Martindale, the city’s chief procurement and projects officer. “The grant funding will allow us to expand our electrified fleet and increase the number of charging spaces by 200%, while also planning for an expansion of electric vehicles.”
The Energize Delaware grant is being used to purchase four EVs; purchase two e-mowers for the parks & recreation department; set up six charging stations; and pay for an EV charging station feasibility study.
The city announced the destination of three EVs: a Ford Lightning F-150 for police, a Nissan Leaf for administration and a Volkswagen ID.4 for the electric department.
Newark is Delaware’s first police agency to add a Lightning, and Newark is the first to purchase electric vehicles using Energize Delaware’s EVs for Municipalities and local Government Grant.
“Newark is leading by example to reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions, and we’re delighted to take part in this effort and many more to come,” said Drew Slater, executive director of Energize Delaware.
The charging stations will be added to the police department parking lot, the Field Operations Complex on Phillips Avenue, the City Hall parking lot and Municipal Lot 1. The $42,000 from DNREC comes in the form of charging station rebates.
Chargepoint now maps eight charging stations in Newark, five at the railroad station, one at City Hall, one at Municipal Lot 1 and one on Elkton Road.
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