Fast Charge Monadnock – Electric Vehicles Infrastructure Projects

 

EVs are an exciting, more efficient, and much needed technological leap in transportation.

 

 

 

The MSHub, previously partners on the Monadnock Food Co-op’s rooftop Community Supported Solar project that is bringing in clean energy from the Sun so it is no wonder we are teaming up again to bring the area’s first Electric Vehicle Fast Charging Station** with a DC Fast Charger to the Co-op expansion.


Background – Why Fast Charge Monadnock?


The initial VW Fund Request for Proposal (RFP) was issued by that state in November 2019. We are addressing the RFP issues, collaborating with the Monadnock Food Co-op, EVSE vendors and utility to optimize the inclusion of our project in the statewide fast charge network.

By adding a fast charger, we establish Keene as an oasis in the NH EV charging desert.  Fast chargers are costly, so we are seeking state-managed VW funds which require a match so we need you to join us in this ‘Fast Charge Monadnock’ initiative to put Keene on the map for fast charging and opening the door for more EVs.

It’s not just about increased commerce and being on EV apps, we’ll be supporting regional EV drivers that need to recharge quickly between trips. Whatever the reason, a fast charger will change the EV landscape in the Monadnock Region, and let visitors and residents alike know in Keene the future has arrived.

A DC fast charger can provide 80-100% charging for electric vehicles while parked at the Coop in under 30 minutes. There will also be a couple of spaces for Level 2 standard EV charging, which are much slower. And don’t worry the expansion brings extra parking spaces too!

During the Fall, 2019 Fast Charge Monadnock (FCM) was able to raise funds through The Local Crowd Monadnock, a local crowdfunding site dedicated to supporting local businesses and economy. FCM raised over $10,000 dollars toward the matching funds required by the VW proposal for all site locations. 

The funds raised for Fast Charge Monadnock will cover the initial project at the Co-op, produce a How To Guide to support other projects and hopefully many more EV charging stations in regional towns.


 

Update: Want to know what is going on with the fast charging project at the Coop? Check out our Blog Update with important statewide information which has delayed the installation of EV fast chargers in the state.

 


**What is a DC Fast Charger and how does it compare with other types of charging infrastructure?


It can seem confusing with different cars, plugs and charging rates. Check out the links below to review the basics of EVs and how they charge.

Department of Energy Page on Electric Charging Basics

EVgo Charging Basics

Chargepoint Charging Basics – When to use a Fast Charger


Want to know what to think about when considering a Fast Charger or LVL2 charger at your business or municipal lot?


Click on the names of national Electric Vehicle Charging Network Retailers to learn more about what to consider when installing EV chargers at your location. (Some are links to videos – others are pages with content. Take time to review all the information and learn about the level of charger and how your needs match a specific type of EV station.) Note – these are just a few pages to get you started and not an exhaustive list.

Chargepoint (note Chargepoint sells its own EV chargers as well as maintains its own network to supports its charging stations)

ClipperCreek (charger supplier – does not support EV station networking support)

EV Connect (note EVConnect is a network for charging stations – it coordinates with existing EV charger suppliers but does not manufacture EV chargers of its own.)

EVgo – EVgo leases the spaces the EV chargers take up in a parking lot. The company decides if a location fits within their company needs. If the site is seen to fit their needs – they supply the EV chargers + maintains the network. The host site does not have to maintain the network or pay the electricity fees associated with the chargers. This is a different ownership structure than other companies where you purchase the equipment and are in charge of cost and maintenance of the network.


What about EV charging Apps that handle the payment?


Since each company typically has its OWN charging app (or may partner with one or two other companies) – EV drivers need to know the type of stations in their region + where they are traveling.

Follow this link to a list of phone Apps that should help you find what you are looking for locally or when you are traveling.

Top apps and websites to find EV charging stations