NORWAY — Selectmen have approved installing an electric-car charger at the kiosk on Main Street.

Fred Garbo of the Center for an Ecology-Based Economy in Norway owns an electric car and said having a charger in town is a good investment.

There are approximately 150 electric cars in Maine and the number is growing, he said. The website Plug Share shows a map of the world and pinpoints locations that have electric-car chargers.

Adding an electric-car charger to Norway will put the town “on the map” and encourage eco-friendly transportation, Garbo said.

According to Plug Share, there are two electric-car chargers in Portland and one in Bangor.

He suggested that the kiosk in the park on Main Street would be an ideal spot for a charger. It would need to connect to some form of electricity and have a cord long enough to reach the car. He also suggested a designated parking spot for electric cars near the electrical outlet.

He said he believes that if people are driving through the area and need to charge their cars, they will explore the local shops while the car is charging, providing a boost to the small-business economy.

Garbo said the average length of time to fully charge a battery is approximately two hours. He also believes it will cost the town approximately 90 cents per two-hour charge session, but selectmen will do more research on the cost.

If the cost outweighs the benefits of the charger, the town may need to remove it.

Town Manager David Holt said that he would have no problem supporting Garbo’s idea.

“If it doesn’t work out, we’ll just pull the plug,” he said.


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