EV Charging Incentives: Connecticut
New incentives will encourage investments in zero emission vehicle infrastructure, additional incentives for underserved communities
Connecticut’s Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) today issued a final decision as part of its Equitable Modern Grid initiative that establishes a nine-year program to support the installation of electric vehicle charging infrastructure across the state, focusing on equity and inclusion.
Docket No. 17-12-03RE04 outlines a statewide Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Program that provides a combination of incentives for infrastructure — including electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) and fast charging stations — and accompanying rate design offerings in an effort to develop a self-sustaining zero emission vehicle market.
The Connecticut Light and Power Company d/b/a Eversource Energy (Eversource) and The United Illuminating Company (UI) will administer the program beginning January 1, 2022. In the coming months, PURA will work with Eversource, UI and other stakeholders to ensure the successful launch of the statewide program, including the development of a joint education and outreach plan to raise awareness and solicit participation in the statewide EV Charging Program.
Market Segments for New Incentive Program
The EV Charging Program will offer incentives for the deployment of EVSE in five program areas, or market segments:
- Residential Single-Family Level 2 Charging;
- Residential Multi-Unit Dwellings (MUDs) Level 2 Charging;
- Direct current fast charging (DCFC);
- Destination Level 2 Charging; and
- Workplace & Light-Duty Fleet Level 2 Charging.
Specifically, the Decision directs Eversource and UI to offer the following incentives for both EVSE (i.e., chargers) and any associated electrical upgrades:
Difference between Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 Charging
Level 1 Charging
- 120 VAC standard outlet
- Delivers power from the wall to the vehicle’s on-board charger
- Time from fully depleted to fully charged: average 7-29+ hours
- Typically provided with your Electric Vehicle
Level 2 Charging
- 208-240 VAC installation
- Delivers AC power from the wall to the on-board charger
- Time from fully depleted to fully charged: average 2-10+ hours depending on vehicle
Level 3 Charging
Direct current fast charging (DCFC)
- 400-600 VAC installation
- Delivers DC energy bypassing the on-board charger
- Time from fully depleted to fully charged in about 30 minutes