WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Nine new electric vehicle charging stations have been installed in Westfield.
A grant of $380,000 was provided by the Department of Environmental Protection to cover the installation of nine new Enel X Way charging stations. Westfield Gas + Electric announced that the new charging stations are up and running at the following locations:
- Westfield Barnes Regional Airport
- Westfield Technical Academy
- Westfield Middle School
- Westfield Intermediate School
- Highland Elementary School
- Municipal parking lots at Depot Square just north of the Great River Bridges
- Behind The Hangar restaurant
- Arnold Street, adjacent to the PVTA
“What we focused on were environmental justice areas here in Westfield because we knew that was one of the key factors of receiving the grant for $380,000 but the other factor was really convenience and bringing people into marketable areas,” said John Flaherty Sr. General Manager of Westfield G&E.
“Trying to reduce carbon footprint, trying to reduce… to really pay attention to the climate so this is just another step,” said Westfield Mayor Michael McCabe.
According to a news release from Westfield Gas + Electric, Westfield Public School employees will be provided complimentary codes to charge for free. The charges at these locations cost consumers $.199/kWh + $1 per session.
- The Big Y and Thomas Street chargers are FREE to use
To find a charging location near you visit plugshare.com.
“Adding these resources is a great benefit to Westfield residents who drive EVs, and helps us move towards our electrification goals,” says Tom Flaherty, General Manager of Westfield Gas + Electric/Whip City Fiber. “With easy access on and off the Mass Pike, we expect these chargers will bring new visitors and their EVs to town as well.”
A ceremony was held Tuesday afternoon with Mayor Mike McCabe, Westfield Gas + Electric General Manager Tom Flaherty, Municipal Light Board members, and additional guests.