Ribbon-cutting ceremonies for new electric vehicle charging stations have been held at the DeWitt and Clay Town Halls.
The double-port, Level 2 Chargepoint electric vehicle charging stations are capable of charging up to 2 vehicles and were made possible via grant funding through NYSERDA.
Clay Supervisor Damian Ulatowski stated, “Throughout my administration I have looked for green alternatives when it comes to the Town’s energy needs. The day is going to come (not in my lifetime and probably not in yours) when the well is going to run dry. Being prepared is key to making the transition from tapping traditional energy sources to embracing earth-friendly, green technology. Everything from adding insulation to our buildings to the solar arrays that help power our Town Hall and Highway Garage are projects that create efficiencies. We are grateful for our partnership with organizations like Clean Communities of CNY, Energetics and New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) who helped make the Town of Clay one of the greenest communities in the State. Our latest edition, the EV Charging Station, will help those traveling through our Town find the energy they need to continue their journey when the battery runs low. We want to thank Clean Communities of CNY, Energetics, and of course NYSERDA for supporting the purchase of this charging station with grant funding.”
The installation of these electric vehicle charging stations in CNY is part of a broader campaign by NYS to provide charging stations at rest areas and in communities along the I-90 corridor. The installations support Gov. Andrew M. Cuomos’ Charge NY initiative, which provides funding to increase the number of electric vehicles and charging stations throughout the state.
The charging station installation was facilitated by Energetics, an energy technology and management consulting firm based in Clinton, NY, and Clean Communities of CNY, a U.S. DOE Clean Cities Coalition, with support from the NYS Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). In addition to the Towns of DeWitt and Clay, charging stations have been installed in Syracuse, Fayetteville, and Auburn. In total, 25 new dual-port charging stations will be installed in the Capital District, Mohawk Valley, CNY, Genesee Region, and WNY.
The Town of Clay installation was completed by PlugIn Stations Online, a company based in Albany, that specializes in the installation of electric vehicle charging stations. The Town of Clay was identified as a promising site for a charging station in the CNY Electric Vehicle Charging Station Plan, a report published by the CNY Regional Planning and Development Board, Clean Communities of CNY, and Energetics in collaboration with the Syracuse Metropolitan Transportation Council and several county planning departments.
The ChargePoint level 2 dual port charging stations can be used by any plug-in electric vehicle. The stations can be found through mobile apps or online on the interactive station map. An EV driver can access the station and unlock the charging port with their ChargePoint ID card, ChargePoint App, or by calling the 24/7 ChargePoint number displayed on the station screen. Once unlocked, drivers can plug the charging cord into their vehicles and the station begins delivering power. The Level 2 charging station like the one installed at the Town of Clay, add 10 – 20 miles of driving range per hour of charge.
Governor Andrew Cuomo recently made $5 million available for the installation of electric vehicle charging stations at workplaces, multi-family apartment buildings, and public parking lots. The Charge Ready NY rebate administered by NYSERDA offers $4,000 off per port for public charging stations at these designated locations. These rebates are available to public and private organizations, including municipalities and universities. The State also has a $4.2 million expansion plan to install more high-speed electric vehicle charging stations at Thruway service areas and Thruway-owned commuter parking lots over the next two years. These charging stations, combined with the installations at cities along the corridor, will enable electric vehicle drivers to travel the length of the Thruway and visit cities throughout the region.
To make electric vehicles more affordable and accessible, Governor Cuomo launched the state's Drive Clean Rebate program in March 2017. Administered by NYSERDA, the program provides residents with a rebate of up to $2,000 for the purchase or lease of a new plug-in hybrid or battery electric car from participating new car dealers. More recently, a new Charge NY Initiative with additional incentives was added for public and private workplaces in NYS.
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New Charging Stations Unveiled at the Town of DeWitt and the Town of Clay
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