Augusta – Governor Janet Mills plans to use money secured during her tenure as Maine’s Attorney General to give a break to people looking to purchase electric vehicles for use on Maine’s pock-marked, decrepit roads system.
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The $5.1 million, from Volkswagen’s emissions scandal, will be used to help develop Maine’s electric car infrastructure, as well as provide rebates and discounts for people looking to buy electric.
“According to Carmax, 68% of electric car owners come from homes making more than $100,000 a year,” a statement from the governor’s office read. “This small but politically important demographic will no longer suffer from range anxiety on trips to the farmer’s market.”
Part of the range anxiety comes from the extra mileage incurred while swerving to avoid the thousands of potholes and cracks in Maine’s neglected roads. Putting in more charging stations should help alleviate the problem for electric car owners.
Fully half the money will be used to outfit Maine government offices with new electric vehicles.
“Since most vehicles with Maine government plates speed on the highway with reckless abandon and no fear of reprisal, it presents another challenge for battery life,” according to the statement.
Governor Mills hopes the rebates will encourage Maine’s eco-conscious to consider buying a second or third car for quick trips to First Friday art gallery events, or to drive to the airport for eco-vacations.