The charging stations, which will use sun powered technology, will be ready for public use by spring 2011.

The company is considering populated locations with easy access and high visibility in Chittenden, Washington and Addison counties for the installation of charging stations.

The company said that each charging station will have two chargers.

The level one charger will use 110V household current, and will be compatible with hybrid vehicles such as the Toyota Prius that have been converted to ‘plug-in’ technology.

The level two charger will use 220-240 current, and will be compatible with the new electric vehicles entering the market, such as the Chevy Volt and the Nissan Leaf.

Green Mountain Power president and CEO Mary Powell said that electric vehicles are part of Vermont’s energy future.

"These new charging stations will help highlight the environmental benefits of fueling more vehicles with electricity," Powell said.

"As part of the project, the company plans to install solar panels to produce renewable energy equal to the amount used by each charging station."