Yesterday at noon, Albany unveiled the city's first public access electric car charging station. The new charge center has two levels, can accommodate multiple vehicles, and means a giant step towards sustainability by the Capital City.
The new charging station is located at 300 Broadway, near the Holiday Inn Express. Installed by Plugin Stations Online, it has a dual level system, with Level 2 capable of completely charging vehicles in as few as 2-4 hours.
Level 1 takes about 8-10 hours to complete charge a vehicle, and can be used as a residential system.
It has room enough for two vehicles at a time, space which can be reserved by the public for a small fee. Collected fees will be donated to a sustainable non-profit.
The installation comes soon after Mayor Jennings announced the initiative to establish 15 stations in the Albany area.
This will greatly benefit electric car drivers in upstate New York - the next closest charging station, currently is 60 miles away in Rhinebeck (still a great place to visit, according to Capital Region Living.)
"Hosting an electric car charging station at our facility allows us to expand our offerings to clientele who depend on this type of service," said Dee Earle, General Manager at the Holiday Inn Express.
"We believe that the adoption of an electric car is based on having a supporting infrastructure in place...we are proud to be able to offer our station to the general public as well as our guests."
This is just one of Albany's many environmental initiatives - the city was recently named the "greenest" job provider and already has a couple of organic and green businesses.
For more information, contact Marquita Rhodes at 518-465-2143 x11.
What do you think of putting 15 stations in Albany? Would having more places to charge encourage you to buy an electric car? What else can Albany do to become more "green"? Let us know!