Nissan Leaf being charged

At the moment, the Northeast is not exactly a hotbed for electric vehicle use in the United States. With chilly winters making consumers nervous about battery range and dealers in some states still not even offering vehicles like the Nissan Leaf, the Northeast currently claims only about 6% of the U.S. EV fleet.

However, that number could get a boost as a new charging network offers additional stations across an 11-state area. The Northeast Electric Vehicle Network has announced plans for hundreds of new public charging stations from Maine to D. C. By working together, participants hope to build an infrastructure that convinces the area's many green and high tech consumers to go electric.

The network is a cooperative agreement among agencies in the participating states. The list of states involved includes Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington, DC. Bolstering the effort will be a $994,500 grant from the Department of Energy, which will be used to set up guidelines for permitting and siting the charging stations.