Where to Charge your Electric Vehicle in the Berkshires

By Morgan O’Connor, Sustainability Fellow

Berkshire Charging Stations

Interested in Electric Vehicles (EVs)? We wrote a blog last week about this great way to green your transportation, and all the places in the Pioneer Valley where you can charge your new, efficient car. We promised to also include Berkshire County charging stations, and here they are! Read more about EVs here, or visit Mass Energy’s Drive Green page.

Where to Charge:

Dalton

Hancock

Lee

Lenox

North Adams

Pittsfield

Stockbridge

Williamstown

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!

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