Asnuntuck Community College (ACC) recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony for a new Level 2 GE Electric DuraStation on their campus. Open to the public 24/7, the vehicle charging station will allow owners of electric vehicles to boost the energy in their car free of charge. It is capable of reducing charge time down to 2-4 hours.

Enfield Mayor Scott Kaupin attended the ceremony. He commented, “Students tend to be on the cutting and leading edge with technology and this is an awesome location for it.” Asnuntuck Community College President James Lombella told those gathered that the college partnered with the State of Connecticut to bring the station to the college and community. The college applied for and was awarded a grant from the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection for the charging station.  The funding came through Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection as part of Connecticut’s EV charging station grants.

President Lombella explained that Connecticut is committed to promoting the use of electric vehicles with charging stations not being any further than 50 miles apart. Asnuntuck becomes the third public charging station in Enfield. Figaro Restaurant and Lia Nissan are the other two locations in town. State Representative David Alexander who attended the event applauded President Lombella and his staff’s efforts in bringing the station to the Enfield campus.  Enfield Town Councilor Ed Deni also attended the ceremony.

ACC’s Director of Information Technology Lynn Gregor brought the grant opportunity forward to the college. She became aware of the grant from The Mercury Group’s Senior Project Manager George Barron. “I thought it was a great idea,” said Gregor. She collaborated with ACC’s Director of Finance and Administrative Services Jennifer Gray, and ACC’s Building Superintendent II Joe Muller to complete the grant and install the station.

For additional electric vehicle charging locations in the state visit:

http://www.ct.gov/deep/lib/deep/air/electric_vehicle/ev_charging_stations_in_ct.pdf