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WOODBRIDGE >> A free electric vehicle charging station was recently installed at the Woodbridge Town Library.

The first public charging station is in the parking lot between Town Hall and the Sheehy Department of Public Works.

Both are available to the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“The EV stations are part of our ongoing efforts to promote energy efficiency and the use of clean energy,” said First Selectman Ellen Scalettar. “Woodbridge residents take seriously their responsibility as stewards of the environment.”

Both stations were installed thanks to a grant from the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

Use of the charging station will be free for at least three years, a requirement of the grant. For an average electric car using the charger for an average amount of time the town will pay about $2.50.

The grants are designed to alleviate “range anxiety” by reducing the distances between charging stations.

There are now more than 300 electric vehicle charging stations in the state.

According to the assessor, there are 28 electric vehicles registered in town and another 275 hybrids.