Mayor Richard C. David today announced the installation of two electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at Recreation Park, the latest project to support green infrastructure in Binghamton.
“Electric vehicles are rapidly transforming our transportation industry just as climate change transforms our environment,” said Mayor David. “Forward-thinking cities must adapt to these changes. We want Binghamton to have the infrastructure in place to support the growing number of electric vehicles in our community and continue to be a municipal leader in green technology and innovation.”
The Recreation Park EV charging stations will be free and open to the public with a four-hour charging maximum. They will also be mapped on a U.S. Department of Energy national database that shows EV drivers where to plug in.
In Broome County, there are 116 registered electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles, according to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, with many more traveling on highways through the region each day.
The Recreation Park chargers are Level 2 240V stations, which means most electric vehicles will receive a half to full battery in four hour charge time.
“Electric vehicles reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, improve fuel economy for consumers and reduce carbon emissions that contribute to climate change,” said Mayor David.
All Phase Electric, of Binghamton, performed installation of the charging stations. The total cost of the project is $4,385, paid through a $2,500 New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) grant and $1,895 from the General Fund.
In Oct. 2015, Mayor David pushed for changes to the City’s zoning laws to ease regulation and promote installation of EV charging stations. In addition to changing the zoning code, the City won a $10,000 award from NYSERDA’s Cleaner, Greener Communities Program for adopting streamlined permitting related to installation of EV charging stations and solar panels.
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