An electric vehicle fuels up at a charging station in the town-owned Baldwin parking lot. Under a new policy adopted by the Board of Selectwomen on Wednesday, fees will be levied for using the charging stations and for overstaying the three-hour time limit.
An electric vehicle fuels up at a charging station in the town-owned Baldwin parking lot. Under the town’s new policy set to take effect March 11, fees will be levied for using the charging stations and for overstaying the three-hour time limit.

WESTPORT — The town plans to power up its new fee schedule for using municipal electric-vehicle charging stations starting March 11.

The pricing plan, approved by the Board of Selectwomen in December, will apply for the 35 EV charging stations in town parking lots and the two railroad stations.

There is, however, a difference in enforcement of the policy between the 19 changing stations in town lots and the 16 others at the rail depots.

  • For EV chargers at the Town Hall, Westport Library, Baldwin, Westport Center for Senior Activities and Fire Department lots, a fee of 35 cents per kwh will be charged for the first three hours. After a 15-minute grace period, users will be charged an extra idling fee of $10 per hour. 

The idling fee is designed to discourage drivers from occupying a spot for more than three hours, which is the new time limit also being imposed on other designated parking spaces downtown.

  • At the Saugatuck and Greens Farms Railroad stations, a fee of 35 cents per kwh also will be charged, but there will be no additional idling fee for RR parking permit holders, most of whom are commuters and would be unable to move their vehicles after three hours.

Westport’s public charging stations

Other features of the town’s electric-vehicle charging policy include:

  • Charging stations are available on first-come, first-served basis.
  • Parking in charging-station spaces is restricted to use by electric vehicles being charged. EVs and non-electric vehicles are not permitted to use designated charging spaces for routine parking.
  • Payments will be collected by scanning the QR code on the charging unit, which will provide instructions. 
  • Users also may submit payments through a third-party provider. But they will be required to pay any other fees assessed by a third-party provider. Officials said the town is not responsible for third-party fees.

“We believe that electric vehicles are the way of the future, and by offering affordable and accessible charging options, we hope to encourage more people to switch to electric vehicles,” First Selectwoman Jennifer Tooker said in a statement announcing the March 11 effective date of the EV policy.

“This is a positive step towards a more sustainable and environmentally friendly future for our town,” she added.