The Rice Public Library in Kittery. Credit: Submitted photo courtesy of Port

KITTERY, Maine — The 130-year-old Rice Public Library has received a grant from Central Maine Power Co. to install the town’s first electric car charging station.

Library Director Lee Perkins expects installation will begin in early spring, with help from local expert and Kittery resident James Penfold, co-founder of EV LaunchPad. Penfold’s firm is also overseeing the installation of EV stations at the new Foundry Place parking garage in neighboring Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

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Perkins said they’ll wait for the ground to thaw before site work and trenching for electrical lines between the building and EV site can begin. The CMP grant is for $2,500.

“I applied for the grant to add additional services for our residents, patrons and visitors,” Perkins said. “Also, it will be another amenity in the Foreside area for visitors.”

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Penfold, in 2017, held the first electric vehicle show at Redhook Brewery — now Cisco — in Portsmouth. He called it a “resounding success,” when it came to downtown Portsmouth last year. Penfold previously said “it’s only going to be a matter of time” before the mass market catches onto the fact “they’re actually driving an inferior vehicle that is costing them more money.”