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Electric Vehicle Charging Stations to be Installed at Lewes Ferry Terminal

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LEWES, Del. – Two electric vehicle charging stations are coming to the Lewes Terminal of the Cape May – Lewes Ferry, Delaware River and Bay Authority officials announced Thursday.

A collaborative research agreement between the University of Delaware and the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control allowed the stations to be available free of charge. “Charging Up Delaware” is a program designed to facilitate long-distance trips with electric vehicles within the state. DRBA officials expect installation to be complete by mid-December.

“We're pleased to be able to participate in this unique green initiative that promotes energy efficiency,” said DRBA Executive Director Scott Green. “With the number of interstate travelers using the Cape May – Lewes Ferry and our close proximity to neighboring resort communities, the Lewes Terminal is a prime location to host these charging stations. It's a great service for our customers and the community!”

The charging stations will be available during ferry business hours. They will be located in the public parking lot near the terminal building, adjacent to the handicapped parking area.

Studies show that placing charging stations at key locations will encourage the use of electric vehicles, whether they are used to recharge or simply lowering anxiety by knowing they are available if needed.

Willett Kempton, a professor in UD's College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment, and Kathleen Harris, a graduate researcher in the college, worked with the DRBA on the set-up plan for the charging stations. The research team will monitor station usage remotely and provide reports to DRBA on the Lewes Terminal charging stations.

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