Portland Press Herald: GPCOG EV Workplace Charging Workshop draws Maine businesses looking to install chargers

BRUNSWICK — As global car makers ramp up production of vehicles that run on electricity, some employers are considering installing charging stations as a way to attract and retain workers.

They are also starting to assess how many of their workers drive electric cars. And if they install a charging station at work, should it be free and open to the public?

These were among the questions pondered Wednesday at the state’s first seminar aimed at workplace vehicle charging, the Drive Electric Maine’s EV Workplace Charging Workshop.

The answers aren’t simple, because every business is different and modern electric vehicles are new enough that charging protocols and battery technology are changing fast. But the seminar made clear that Maine businesses are interested in this issue, as a way to attract and retain workers, project an image of leadership and further sustainability goals.

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