As we detailed many moons ago, Central Maine Power is looking for a few organizations who'd like to sample electric vehicles for free.

It's sort of like that, but not quite.  We'll present the full details in a bit.

Central Maine Power granted the Greater Portland Council of Governments a free two-year lease on a Nissan LEAF.

The city of South Portland, Maine will use the LEAF in various non-emergency situations, such as for code enforcement and driving around the city to carry out day-to-day duties.

South Portland hopes to secures a second LEAF, but that might not be easy.

Central Maine Power is only willing to fund grants for six EVs total in its operational area.  South Portland was the first applicant to receive a LEAF, but we figure others are lined up for the freebie EV.

Here are those details, as promised, on the program put on by Central Maine Power:

A limited number (6) of grant awards, up to $15,000 per organization, are available. The grants will be used to purchase or lease an electric vehicle. You may also use a portion of the grant award to purchase and install a Level 2 (240 volt) or Level 3 (direct current) vehicle charging station.

Grants may be in the amount up to $15,000 per recipient, or a lesser amount, based on the quantity and quality of applications we receive.

You will have the option to purchase or lease an eligible PEV. If you choose to lease a PEV, it must be for a minimum period of 24 months.

If you are selected as a grant recipient, you will have up to one month to sign a purchase or lease agreement with an electric vehicle auto dealer and/or charging station provider. You will have up to three months to take possession of the vehicle and/or charging station.

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