Energize Delaware awards $500,000 electric vehicle, lawn equipment grant to Dover

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The City of Dover is using a $500,000 grant from Energize Delaware’s EV Fleets for Local Governments program to pilot a fleet of electric vehicles and electric lawn equipment.

“Our crews are very excited to put this new equipment to the test,” Dover City Manager Dave Hugg said. “Before we invest taxpayer money in this still relatively new technology, we want to make sure the EVs are able to perform as needed and withstand the usage that we put on our vehicles. The grant from Energize Delaware is allowing us to try before we buy and make sure this equipment is right for our needs.”

Using the Energize Delaware grant, the city purchased two commercial Greenworks electric riding mowers, a Chevrolet Bolt, six Ford F-150 Lightning pick-up trucks, and upgraded their electric infrastructure for charger installations.

The vehicles are spread throughout different divisions in the City to test their feasibility. For instance, the Planning and Inspections Department is using the Chevrolet Bolt, the six pickup trucks will be divided amongst the Fire Marshal’s Office, Police, Electric, Grounds, Public Works and Metering Departments.

“As the capital of our state, we’re excited to work with the City of Dover and pilot electrification of their fleet and lawn equipment. This equipment will allow the City to pilot mowers, vehicles, and chargers to better understand their benefits, usage patterns, emissions reduction, and chart a future path for the City. It is our hope to provide these pilots to nearly half our municipalities” said Drew Slater, Executive Director of Energize Delaware.

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To date the Energize Delaware funding supported the opportunity for nearly 20 local and county governments to determine the role of electric vehicles in their communities.

Energize Delaware is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that works in energy conservation and alternative sources.

Dover also received more than $11,000 from the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Delaware Electric Vehicle Charging Rebate Program to assist with the project.

The city will complete the installation of fleet chargers in the coming weeks and hopes to subsidize an additional six public chargers.

The number of people and businesses buying electric vehicles has grown along with demand for reliable chargers.

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