Ron presented on the Sustainable Westchester Clean Transportation Project, Electric Vehicles (EV), and EV Charging Stations to the Town of Ossining Board meeting on March 21st.
The Board voted to approve the Town’s $48,000 grant application for 3 new Electric Vehicle Charging Stations, plus another $5,000 grant that will cover the entire first year’s cost for a new leased EV. The Municipal Lease that EarthKind arranged for will result in spreading the dramatically discounted price of $22,000 for a new Nissan Leaf over 5 years – at zero interest!
While the federal government is backing away from the fuel economy standards that were driving a transition to Electric Vehicles (EVs) – local municipalities are now joining together to lead the way. EarthKind is honored to be the Clean Transportation Project director for Sustainable Westchester’s EV program (http://sustainablewestchester.org/2016/08/electric-vehicles/). Nationally, we will be joining villages, towns, cities and counties who are creating $10+ Billion of demand.
Energy is on a similar path to the emergence of the internet in the 1990s.
We are on the verge of another
massive societal transformation, with the
“Enernet” emerging as a “dynamic, distributed, redundant and
multi-participant energy network built around clean energy generation,
storage and delivery – and serving as the foundation for smart cities.”
Nanogrids, microgrids, distributed energy resources, virtual power plants,
intelligent building materials, battery storage, smart lighting, new
networks and intelligence are driving down energy costs and improving
services. “From the enernet evolution will come smart cities that are an
order-of-magnitude smarter, healthier and safer. The new network will also
present quantum leaps in energy security and emergency resilience that can
stand in the face of superstorms or cyberattacks.”
Electric Vehicles are coming. 90% of American’s trips are shorter than 30 miles, so we could all use EV’s most of the time. If you pay 12c per kilowatt hour for electricity (from your utility, or via a reasonable Solar Power Purchase Agreement) – driving an electric vehicle is equivalent to paying $1.00 per gallon for gas. Plus there is less maintenance (no oil changes) – and zero emissions. While Tesla is leading, virtually every car manufacturer has electric vehicles. And, with plug-in hybrids, you don’t have to worry about not finding a charging station, as your engine switches over to gas when you need it for longer distances.
September 10-18th is National Drive Electric Week – “a nationwide celebration to heighten awareness of today’s widespread availability of plug-in vehicles and highlight the benefits of all-electric and plug-in hybrid-electric cars, trucks, motorcycles, and more. They are fun to drive, are less expensive and more convenient to fuel than gasoline vehicles, are better for the environment, promote local jobs, and reduce our dependence on foreign oil.” https://driveelectricweek.org/
In the Hudson Valley, there are 2 events where you can find out about – and even test drive – electric vehicles this weekend:
DATE: Sat., Sept. 17th
TIME: 11AM – 3PM
LOCATION: Ulster County Office Building, 244 Fair Street, Lot 2
EVENT LINK: https://driveelectricweek.org/event.php?eventid=837