Utility Pole EV Level 2 Charging: Winter Update + Expansion Plans

From Plug and Play EV.

Back in the spring, we visited an intriguing new approach to level 2 charging: EVSE mounted on utility poles in Melrose, Massachusetts. The pilot prompted a lot of interest and follow-up questions, including where else these units might be used and how the hardware would hold up through a New England winter.

This return visit deep into December aims to answer some of those questions. Although the worst of winter is yet to come, our charges at multiple locations – and the follow-up info we share – suggest that this approach has a lot of potential!

Plugshare Locations:
Berwick St – https://www.plugshare.com/location/320264
Mt. Hood Golf Course – https://www.plugshare.com/location/315744
(Both $0.20/kWh, 2.5 hour limit – Idle fee of $5 applies after 3 hours)

Boston Globe report on the pilot:
https://www.bostonglobe.com/2021/11/11/business/national-grid-tests-pole-mounted-electric-car-chargers-melrose/

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