Electric vehicles are getting more impressive every year! By being able to hold a charge for longer and taking less time to recharge, electric vehicles (EVs) have become a practical alternative to traditional gas engines.
EV charging stations are sweeping the nation with more being built every day. You can easily make your way around Massachusetts in an EV, and not just because it is a small state. For example, a Chevy Bolt (just one of many available EVs) can travel around 240 miles on a single charge! The map above shows the radius that a Bolt could go from Northampton before needing to be charged again. It would be easy to get to New York City, Philadelphia, or even Montreal. That means that your daily excursions to work and errands would be a breeze!
Where to Charge:
To see where you can charge around the Pioneer Valley, we’ve assembled this list of charging stations open to public use! If we missed any stations, please let us know and we will update the list!
- Amherst Middle School – 170 Chestnut Street
- Boltwood Garage – 51 Boltwood Walk – $0.20/kWh
- Amherst Town Hall – 4 Boltwood Avenue – $0.20/kWh
- Hampshire College – Lemelson Lot
- Hampshire College – West Street & South Campus Drive in the Johnson Library Lot
- UMass Visitor’s Center – 300 Massachusetts Avenue – 10 High Powered Stations!
- Greenfield Community College – 1 College Drive
- Chapman Street Parking Lot – 50 Chapman Street
- Greenfield Town Hall – 14 Court Square
- Big Y Foods – 237 Mohawk Trail – High Powered Charger!
- Hadley Supercharger – 25 Russell Street – 12 Stations just opened!
- Big Y Foods – 138 North King Street
- Northampton Volkswagen – 361 King Street
- Northampton Fire Department – 26 Carlon Drive
- J. Gare Parking Garage – 85 Hampton Avenue
- Street Parking – 30 Crafts Avenue
- I-91 North Garage – 1870 East Columbus Avenue
- Springfield Marriott/ Tower Square – 1500 Main Street – $1.99/hr, 4 stations
- Big Y Westfield – 457 East Main Street
- Dunkin’ Donuts/Mobil – 181 Elm Street – High Powered Chargers!
- Thomas Street Lot – 87 Elm Street
- Big Y Market – 2-16 South Broad Street
West Springfield, MA
- Central Chevrolet – 675 Memorial Avenue – High Powered Charger!
- Father & Sons Volkswagen – 434 Memorial Avenue
- Peoples Bank – 547 Memorial Avenue
- Cumberland Farms – 143 Park Avenue – High Powered Chargers!
- West Springfield Town Lot – 61 Central Street
- West Springfield Super Charger – 935 Riverdale Street – 8 stations!
- AAA Springfield Branch – 150 Capital Drive
- BMW of West Springfield – 1712 Riverdale Street
- Dunkin’ Donuts – 2068 Riverdale Street – High Powered Charger, cost unknown
Want to buy an EV, but are worried about the cost?
Drive Green with Mass Energy is making it easier than ever before to get behind the wheel of an EV or plug-in hybrid. Dealerships participating in the Drive Green program are currently offering discounts as high as $14,000 off of the retail price. Additionally, federal and state incentives can cut your costs by up to $10,000 on top of the impressive discounts offered through Drive Green with Mass Energy. There is a federal tax credit of up to $7,500 in addition to state rebates; Massachusetts residents can receive a rebate of up to $2,500! The size of the rebate is tied to the range of the car when running on the electric battery.
How to get more charging stations in your life?
Your home can easily be turned into a Level 1 charging station with the use of a charging unit that often comes with the vehicle. Level 1 takes a fairly long amount of time to completely recharge, so it could be worthwhile to install a Level 2 charger that will recharge at a rate of 10-25 miles an hour. Check out this guide to help you purchase and install a home charger!
There are also state grants through the Massachusetts EV Incentive Program to help employers install charging stations at work. The ability to charge one’s car at work is an important step in EV charging infrastructure, and will help with ease of use as more people make the switch to EVs. Talk to your employer about installing a charging station for you and your co-workers!
Stay tuned for our Berkshire County charging guide, coming soon! Safe travels!