The town of New Milford is embracing 21st century driving changes.

An electric vehicle charging port will be installed soon along Main Street.

It will be located across the street from New Milford Public Library, by the first parking spot near the present electrical kiosk on the Village Green.

The EV charging port should be installed and operational within six weeks, according to Mayor Pat Murphy's office.

It is being purchased from ChargePoint, based in Campbell, Calif.

"We're working with Gov. (Dannel P.) Malloy as part of his initiative to have electric vehicle charging stations across the state," Murphy said. "We'll put it across from the library where it will be easily accessible. We'll see how it works out as a pilot program."

New Milford received a $3,440 grant from Energize Connecticut in conjunction with the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection toward the cost of purchasing the charging port and its installation.

Malloy announced in November two rounds of incentives to help increase the number of publicly accessible EV charging stations across Connecticut.

"This will make a real difference in our state," Malloy said. "Electric vehicles are not only cheaper to operate, but they dramatically reduce the emissions that pollute our air, harm the health of our citizens and contribute to climate change.

More than 56 new, public-accessible EV charging stations are being funded through state grants. Another 72 already exist, with the majority in Greater Hartford along the Interstate 84 corridor.

"New Milford received its grant on March 18," said Dennis Schain, a DEEP spokesman. "New Milford was considered a priority area as it is an area previously underserved by EV charging stations."

There are now three charging stations in Danbury and new funding is set for another at Western Connecticut State University and one in Bethel.

There are also EV charging stations in or planned in Ridgefield, along the Ridgefield/Redding/Wilton border, as well as in southern Fairfield County.

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