Funding is available to businesses and municipalities for installing publicly accessible electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, according to Connecticut\u2019s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP). Businesses and municipalities that are interested in receiving a grant through the EVConnecticut Incentives program can visit www.ct.gov\/deep\/evconnecticut, or email to EVConnecticut@ct.gov. \u201cDEEP is pleased to accept applications for the EVConnecticut Incentives program,\u201d said Commissioner Daniel C. Esty. \u201cThis program furthers the Governor\u2019s commitment to a diversified energy strategy for the state, providing Connecticut\u2019s consumers with more choices while they make their decision to purchase a vehicle.\u201d Driving an EV in Connecticut is the cost equivalent of driving a vehicle that is able to refuel at $1.70 per gallon, according to the DEEP. As electric vehicle popularity in the market place grows, the demand for charging stations will too. To address this demand from customers, businesses, municipalities, institutions of higher learning, and others are encouraged to take advantage of funding now available to support new charging stations. The new EVConnecticut Incentives program offers rebates for the installation of Level 2 chargers that meet program guidelines found at www.ct.gov\/deep\/evconnecticut. Incentive program Funding in the amount of up to $2,000 is available through this program for new publicly accessible EV charging stations in order to ensure coverage within a 15-mile driving range throughout Connecticut. Applications for funding are currently being accepted and will continue to be accepted through Sept. 20. What is a Level 2 charging station? A Level 2 charging station provides 240 volts, allowing EV owners to top-off their charge while running errands, working or attending entertainment venues such as a movie theater. Benefits of charging stations Retail operators have reported customers using chargers spend more time at a destination than other customers, DEEP said. The charging convenience is a marketing tool for retail businesses and community centers.