NAFTC Consortium member Quinsigamond Community College was selected recently to become one of three Massachusetts college campus sites for electric vehicle (EV) charging stations as part of a grant from National Grid. During a special celebration at Clark University’s Lasry Center for Biosciences, in Worcester, Mass., last month, officials celebrated the city’s newest effort in sustainability and clean transportation.

Quig A special event was held to celebrate Worcester, Mass. and its newest effort in sustainability. Credit: Quinsigamond Community College

The Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf, BMW Active-E, Mitsubishi i-MiEV, and other EV models were on display as part of the celebration, which was open to the public and included demonstrations marking the first service at a public EV charging station to be delivered in the city.

QCC is joined by Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Clark University as the sites selected for EV charging stations, with other city sites expected to be in service soon. The charging stations, manufactured by Coulomb Technologies are called ChargePoint portals and cost $3.50 per hour of charge.

Speakers included QCC President Gail Carberry; Massachusetts Congressman James McGovern; Richard K. Sullivan Jr., secretary of the executive office of energy and environmental affairs; Mark Sylvia, commissioner for the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources Timothy McGourthy, chief development officer for the City of Worcester WPI and Clark Presidents; and National Grid and the Institute for Energy & Sustainability representatives.

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