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    Charge Your Electric Vehicle While You Work!

    (7/12/2010) (NEW HAVEN)--The City of New Haven and The United Illuminating Company want to know where you would plug-in downtown.

    In anticipation of the arrival of General Motors’ Chevy Volt and other electric vehicles in Connecticut, the City of New Haven, the New Haven Parking Authority (NHPA) and the United Illuminating Company (UI) are asking for help to determine the best locations for electric vehicle owners to charge their cars.

    Over the next three weeks, the City, NHPA and UI will be installing signs at the entrances and exits of NHPA’s Union Station, Crown Street, and Temple Street garage locations asking customers to call and provide their input. The signs say, “Are you interested in buying an electric vehicle, Call (203)499-3348” and “Want to plug in your electric vehicle while you park here? Call (203)499-3348”.

    The information gathered will be used to determine through a pilot program which NHPA garages will have 240V charging stations (level 2) installed. By the end of third quarter 2010, electric vehicle owners in New Haven will be able to fully charge their parked vehicle in about 4 hours using a level 2 charger. The data from these charging stations will help both the City and UI understand how charging stations may be used by drivers within the city.

    “The input of current and future electric vehicle drivers using these facilities is important,” noted Megan Pomeroy, UI business development professional. “Information on customer preference and usage is needed to build a successful charging station infrastructure in the UI territory.”

    The organizations involved in the project include the City of New Haven Office of Sustainability, New Haven Parking Authority, and Greater New Haven Clean Cities Corporation.

    “As we move New Haven to becoming a greener and cleaner city, we encourage residents and visitors to provide input to better guide the installation of charging stations. This is an important opportunity to improve resources and options for motorists to utilize alternative vehicles and minimize our community’s carbon footprint,” said Mayor John DeStefano, Jr.

    “The Greater New Haven Clean Cities Coalition, Inc (GNHCCC) is assisting in sponsoring these charger stations as part of the US Department of Energy’s efforts to deploy electric chargers for advanced technology electric vehicles.” said Lee Grannis, Coordinator , GNHCCC.

    “The New Haven Parking Authority is excited to participate in this important charging station pilot program by UI. We want to make sure that drivers will be able to recharge at their destination. Having charging stations in our parking facilities will assure drivers that they’ll have the ability to use the electric vehicles with the same level of confidence they have with fossil-fuel powered vehicles.” commented William E. Kilpatrick, Executive Director of NHPA.

    “UI will be installing additional charging stations throughout our service territory to determine the optimum locations for customers to charge, evaluate installation procedures and guidelines, and to understand the effects that electric vehicle charging will have on the UI system”, added Pomeroy.

    These efforts and the introduction of new technologies to New Haven residents is just another way to “Plug-in to a Greener Tomorrow.”

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    About The United Illuminating Company:

    The United Illuminating Company (UI) is a New Haven-based regional distribution utility established in 1899. UI is engaged in the purchase, transmission, distribution and sale of electricity and related services to more than 325,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in the Greater New Haven and Bridgeport areas. UI’s World Wide Web address is http://www.uinet.com/. UI’s parent company, UIL Holdings Corporation, is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol UIL.

    About The Clean Cities Program:

    Clean Cities is a US Department of Energy Program that strives to advance the nation's economic, environmental, and energy security by supporting local decisions to adopt practices that contribute to the reduction of petroleum consumption. Clean Cities has a network of 87 volunteer coalitions, which develop public/private partnerships to promote alternative fuels and advanced vehicles, fuel blends, fuel economy, hybrid vehicles, and idle reduction. The Clean Cities web site is http://www1.eere.energy.gov/cleancities/and the Greater New Haven Clean Cities Coalition is http://www.nhcleancities.org.

    Media Contact:

    Michael West

    The United Illuminating Company

    (203) 499-3858

    Michael.west@uinet.com



    Contact Name: Jessica Mayorga

    Contact Email: jmayorga@newhavenct.net

    Contact Phone: 203-946-7660


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