Manchester, Vermont – Fill up your bellies with a burger, fill your mind with information, and fill up your car with clean electricity! It’s all possible at Zoey’s Double Hex Restaurant in Manchester Center and the Northshire Bookstore, thanks to a partnership between Green Mountain Power and the two Manchester, Vermont, businesses.
“We are so pleased to see Vermonters embrace our efforts to build a comprehensive EV charging network,” said Chris Condon, Innovation Champion at GMP at an unveiling of the charging stations Wednesday morning. “As more businesses see the value of offering charging stations, more of us will be able to save money and reduce fossil fuels while conveniently charging our cars.”
GMP’s commitment to a comprehensive statewide EV charging network will help increase Vermont’s energy independence and contribute to cleaner air and lower carbon emissions. GMP has installed charging stations in 22 locations, eight of which have a DC fast charger.
“Tourists come to Vermont for many wonderful reasons, and being able to offer them a convenient way to charge their electric vehicles makes Vermont even more attractive,” said Megan Smith, Commissioner of Tourism for the State of Vermont. “We commend Zoey’s, the Northshire Bookstore and Green Mountain Power for their efforts to bring this option to tourists as well as the local community.”
Co-owners of Zoey’s Double Hex Restaurant, Guy Thomas and Bob Albert, are always looking for ways to serve their customers better while honoring the environment. “It is a huge asset that Green Mountain Power is making it possible to host the charging stations,” Albert said. “It’s a great convenience to our traveling customers to have an EV station here at the Double Hex Restaurant, at Exit 4 on Highway 7.”
Chris Morrow, Managing Partner of the Northshire Bookstore, expressed his enthusiasm in partnering with Green Mountain Power to bring a new NRG EVgo Freedom Station to Manchester. “Manchester is already an appealing place to shop and this is a great way to help the environment and also help attract more people to our great shops and restaurants.”
“We are thrilled to have two new charging stations in Manchester,” said John O’Keefe, Manager Town of Manchester. “Manchester already has so much to offer its visitors, and this is one more reason people will come. I see it as a huge value for our community.”
Michele Boomhower, Director of Policy Planning and Development for VTrans, said, “Vermonters are quickly adopting clean electric vehicles, and additional charging stations will entice even more Vermonters to make the switch.”
The charging station at Zoey’s Double Hex, at 1614 Depot Street, will have three dual port level 2 stations that provide up to 24 miles of charge per hour. The charging station at Northshire Bookstore, 4869 Main St, will have an ABB fast charger that is capable of providing approximately 80 percent of a battery charge in 25 minutes when using the DC fast-charging option and that serves all electric vehicles (Tesla owners need an adapter), as well as a dual port level 2 station.
GMP offers customers the option to pay as they go or sign up for various monthly charging memberships starting at $5.95 a month. Memberships are available for GMP customers at 1-877-494-3833 or www.greenmountainpower.com/evgo, but anyone can pay by credit card at the charging station.