Ten years ago, electric vehicles (EVs) were a relatively new offering across America. Back then, there were two primary EV manufacturers; now almost every automobile maker offers an electric model. In 2012, Connecticut’s first EV charging station was installed by CT Electric Car in Blue Back Square; currently there are 360 charging systems to service the 25,444 EVs driving throughout the state.
The business, which is a subsidiary of Newington Electric Company, has been at the peak of the EV industry for the past decade and is positioned to propel forward as exciting developments hit the broad EV highway both statewide and nationally. Specifically, CT Electric Car will host a 10th anniversary event to celebrate the growth and success of the state’s green energy industry, as well as unveil its new company brand to better reflect the future direction of the EV sector.
The public commemoration to be held at CT Electric Car’s 72 Pane Road, Newington headquarters on Saturday, October 22 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. will feature legislative leaders, state agency commissioners, municipal and community forerunners, power companies, and customers who have contributed to the company’s milestones.
“When we formed our company division dedicated to the installation of car-charging stations for Connecticut’s growing fleet of EVs ten years ago, we envisioned an immediate increase in business activity,” said Ed Ingalls, Founder of CT Electric Car. “Unfortunately, uncontrollable market forces such as cost, lack of infrastructure and ‘range anxiety’ initially caused a brake pedal effect. Today, however, with generous auto and EV charging system rebates, coupled with greater governmental support and public knowledge, the landscape is much improved.”
Ingalls notes that CT Electric Car’s 10th anniversary event will be both educational and entertaining, providing attendees with a retrospective on the EV industry, important information on the rebate process and a future forecast of new developments on the horizon. Additionally, participants will enjoy:
- an official ribbon cutting ceremony in conjunction with the Newington Chamber of Commerce and public announcement of the new company name and brand identity- CT Electric Car Charging Systems
- updates from governmental, municipal and community leaders, state agency commissioners and Connecticut’s two power companies – Eversource and United Illuminating
- an extensive display of various EV models, including an electric van, and the ease of charging them with accelerated rapid-charge technology systems
- a decade-long timeline of how the industry has changed and benefited CT businesses and residents with improved battery range and life span
- hamburgers, hotdogs, popcorn, cotton candy and other family-friendly refreshments
- conversation with peers and EV industry supporters
“As with anything, good things come to those who wait and while we have certainly ridden the highs and lows of the EV industry these past 10 years, we are honored to help drive its success in Connecticut,” adds Ingalls.
Since its inception in 2012, CT Electric Car has installed more than 1,000 EV chargers for both home and business owners. Some of its high-profile locations for commercial charging systems include Blue Back Square, the UCONN campus in Storrs, Whole Foods, and Bishop’s Corner, as well as multiple municipalities, state agencies, colleges and universities and police departments. CT Electric Car is also qualified to install and wire Tesla Motor Cars’ charging system and its electricians are licensed contractors by the State of Connecticut’s Department of Consumer Protection.
CT Electric Car’s showroom is located at 72 Pane Rd in Newington where all of the latest options in home charging systems are on display. The company also offers complimentary EV charging systems in the parking lot for drivers who need a quick, free charge. The 12,000 square foot showroom is also the headquarters of Newington Electric Company, CT Home Generator Systems and CT Roof & Gutter Ice Melt Systems. For more information, visit www.ctelectriccar.com.
Newington Electric Company (NEC) is a second-generation, family-owned business that is the parent company of Connecticut Electric Car. It specializes in the installation and wiring of residential, commercial and municipality car charging systems. The company is licensed in the State of CT by the Dept. of Consumer Protection and holds an unlimited electrical contracting license.
PHOTO: Ed Ingalls, owner of CT Electric Car, installed the first EV charging system in Blue Back Square in 2012. Since then, the company has wired more than 1,000 chargers for both the residential and commercial markets. The company is listed as one of Tesla Motor Cars’ recommended car charging system installers in the region and a certified licensed installer by the State of Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection. Call 860.667.1819 for more information.
Photo Courtesy of: CT Electric Car