MONTPELIER — Anyone with an electric vehicle can now charge it for free at City Hall.
Green Mountain Power has installed a electric vehicle charging station in a parking space behind City Hall.
And for one year, the electricity is free. There's also no need to pay the meter when charging an electric vehicle.
City Manager William Fraser said in a press release that he hopes this charging station will help grow the market for electric vehicles in Vermont, which are billed as better for the environment than those that run on fossil fuel, such as gasoline.
According to Green Mountain Power CEO Mary Powell, 47 percent of Vermont's greenhouse gases come from transportation.
Green Mountain Power has also installed charging stations at Saint Michael's College in Colchester, and at Healthy Living Market in South Burlington.
Each charging station is paired with a nearby solar array that generates enough clean renewable energy to offset the electricity required by the charging station.