NH expands charging stations for the future of electric vehicles

When Springfield’s Andrew Mumford bought a new vehicle in 2017, he wanted something that was environmentally friendly. He was interested in an electric vehicle but wasn’t sure he would always have access to a charging station, especially on longer trips in the region.

“I don’t remember feeling safe in an all-electric vehicle back then,” Mumford said.

Instead, he bought a Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid, which he charges at home and at Hypertherm in Hanover, Germany, where he works. This allows him to commute fully electrically while having gas in reserve for longer journeys. Today, with a workplace charger available and longer ranges for new electric vehicles (EVs), Mumford says he’d likely go all-electric if he bought a new car.

“I would feel more confident today,” he said.

In 2021, only 4,000 electric vehicles were registered in New Hampshire out of approximately 460,000 registered vehicles. That’s less than 1 percent. Still, it’s becoming increasingly clear that EVs are the future. According to the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), by 2030, 10% of the vehicles on American roads are expected to be electric vehicles. To support them, the country needs 12.9 million charging stations, according to the EEI. Rapidly building this infrastructure is a challenge, especially for rural communities.