(Newington, CT)- August 5, 2013- Ed Ingalls has a knack for timing. Two years ago, knowing the forward direction electric vehicles were moving, he had the insight to launch a spin-off company CT Electric Car. Now the company is poised to help CT become the first EV-Friendly state in the country. Connecticut officials plan to use $200,000 from a settlement with Northeast Utilities and NStar to help double the number of electric car recharging stations in the state by the end of this year.

"As the demand grows for electric vehicles, so too does the need for charging stations," said CT Electric Car Owner Ed Ingalls. "We're really proud to live in a state where creating an EV-friendly infrastructure is a priority."

The State Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) in tandem with the State Department of Transportation (DOT) announced the new initiative at an Electric Vehicle Expo earlier this month at Middlesex Community College. Officials say the goal is to "is to bring an end to range anxiety" regarding electric vehicles. CT Electric Car was in attendance at the expo.

"DEEP Commissioner Dan Esty and DOT Commissioner James Redeker said they want CT to be one of the first EV-friendly states by 2014," said Ingalls. "Both commissioners are committed to making that happen."

CT Electric Car has already played a key role installing several municipal charging stations across the state in high profile locations including Blue Back Square's parking garage and the Bishop's Corner parking lot. As the state moves the initiative forward, the company hopes to expand the footprint of charging stations across the state.

"The state's new initiative will do a lot for people's comfort level when it comes time to choosing an EV," said Ingalls. "By increasing the number of charging stations, people will have peace of mind knowing they'll always have a place to get a boost in their battery."

Automotive industry research shows more people are opting to buy versus lease electric vehicles. It's not surprising, as the cost of driving an EV in Connecticut is equivalent to driving a vehicle that is able to refuel at $1.70 per gallon.

CT Electric Car installs commercial, municipal and residential charging stations. General Motors, GMC, maker of the Chevy Volt electric vehicle (EV), Nissan, maker of the Nissan Leaf, and BMW, maker of the I Series EV, have named CT Electric Car an authorized installer for their electric car charging stations for all dealerships in the state.

To charge an electric car, the owner simply drives up to the charging station and plugs in their EV. The website www.fueleconomy.gov lists the following benefits of owning an EV:

Energy efficient. Electric motors convert 75% of the chemical energy from the batteries to power the wheelsinternal combustion engines (ICEs) only convert 20% of the energy stored in gasoline.

Environmentally friendly. EVs emit no tailpipe pollutants, although the power plant producing the electricity may emit them. Electricity from nuclear-, hydro-, solar-, or wind-powered plants causes no air pollutants.

Performance benefits. Electric motors provide quiet, smooth operation and stronger acceleration and require less maintenance than ICEs.

Reduce energy dependence. Electricity is a domestic energy source.

"Most EVs can now travel about 100–175 miles before a charge of their battery is needed," adds Ingalls. "Therefore, as more EVs are sold, the demand continues to go up for charging stations."

Beyond providing qualified professional installation by trained licensed electricians, CT Electric Car also offers solid firsthand information about electric car charging stations. The company specializes in the installation and wiring of residential, commercial and municipality car charging stations. The company is licensed in the State of CT by the Dept. of Consumer Protection and holds an unlimited electrical contracting license.

EV charging systems are available in three levels:

Level 1: 110 Volt primarily residential
Level 2: 220 Volt commercial, municipal & residential use
Level 3: 480 Volt strictly commercial & municipal

Newington Electric Company (NEC) is the parent company of Connecticut Electric Car. NEC offers statewide electrical contracting services, specializing in commercial and residential electrical service and repairs. The company is a second-generation family business started in 1958 by Richard Ingalls and is now owned and operated by his son Edward Ingalls. NEC also has an electrical generator division and offers 24-hour service. NEC is State-licensed and registered with the State of Connecticut's Department of Consumer Protection. Connecticut Electric Car specializes in the installation of electric car charging stations. For more information regarding electric car charging stations and tax incentives see www.ctelectriccar.com Or Visit the State DEEP website at www.energizect.com or www.ct.gov/deep/evconnecticut

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