Local utility company National Grid recently installed a number of pole-mounted electric vehicle chargers in Melrose, Massachusetts.

According to National Grid, transportation is the single biggest cause of greenhouse gas emissions in Massachusetts at 43 percent and the expansion of EV’s is a feasible route to help the State become net-zero by 2050.

One of the biggest challenges to mass EV adoption is the lack of reliable charging infrastructure. One of the ways to build public confidence is by installing easily accessible chargers. Being able to charge at home, overnight, is a huge benefit for many potential owners, however not everyone has the luxury of private garage or a dedicated parking spot. These installations provide charging access for these potential EV owners.

National Grid claims pole-mounted chargers reduce installation costs by as much as 70 percent compared to ground-mounted stations by eliminating digging and other construction costs.