Electronic vehicle charging stations unveiled at SUNY New Paltz campus lots

lauren thomasUNY New Paltz has installed six electric vehicle charging stations for use by faculty, staff, students and visitors. (photo by Lauren Thomas)

SUNY New Paltz has installed six electric vehicle charging stations for use by faculty, staff, students and visitors. (photo by Lauren Thomas)

In a move designed to help create a “new car-culture” on campus, SUNY New Paltz has installed six electric vehicle (EV) charging stations for use by faculty, staff, students and visitors. The Office of Campus Sustainability (OCS) expects the stations to play an important role in fulfilling the Campus Sustainability Plan, signed by president Donald Christian in 2012, by making it more convenient for members of the campus community to choose environmentally friendly modes of transportation for their commute to and from New Paltz.

“We hope that making these new charging stations available will encourage faculty and staff in particular to consider making their next car purchase an electric vehicle,” said Lisa Mitten, sustainability coordinator for the college.

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The Level 2 charging stations are located in the Route 32 and Elting Gym parking lots and marked with bright green painted lines.

EV charging will cost $1/hour for the first four hours, then $5/hour after that. Mitten explained that the pricing is intended to promote sharing among drivers on campus — ideally, these stations will be used for “topping off” when necessary, not for every day use.

A majority of the funding for the charging stations was secured through the Charge NY program, a statewide initiative headed by the New York Power Authority (NYPA) and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). Charge NY promises to create a statewide network of EV charging stations, necessary infrastructure that will allow New York residents to take advantage of recent advances in electronic transportation technologies.

The new EV charging stations are one of many new sustainable transportation options available at SUNY New Paltz. Other recent improvements include a bike share program with new bike racks across campus, a Zipcar rental program for students, the new transportation hub at the Route 32 parking lot and new weekend service for the New Paltz Loop Bus.