WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Electric vehicle infrastructure will continue to grow here in the Commonwealth.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities recently approved its next phase of the “Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Program.”

The plan is to make electric vehicles widely accessible to people and widen their appeal. This goal is being met by creating more charging stations across the state.

According to Eversource, the first phase enabled 4,200 charging ports at nearly 500 sites across its service territory in the state, and this includes Pittsfield and Springfield.

Massachusetts submitted a plan that outlines how the state will expand its network of approximately 5,000 public charging ports, and place high-powered chargers along the approximately 851 miles of Designated EV Corridors statewide. The effort to build convenient, reliable and affordable EV charging stations across some 53,000 miles of highway nationwide is a part of President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

22News asked local residents if this will encourage them to eventually switch to an electric vehicle.

“I know that gas prices have definitely been high, so I would definitely want to do anything to help the environment out, do that type of thing for myself, and encourage others to do that as well,” said Gabbie Munroe of Longmeadow.

The second phase will include a $ 188 million investment over four years to build out EV infrastructure in Massachusetts.