The Town of Smithtown celebrated the purchase of two 100% Electric Vehicles and the Grand Opening Ceremony of its FREE Electric Vehicle Charging Station located in Downtown Smithtown. Supervisor Ed Wehrheim was joined by his fellow local & County elected leaders, Suffolk County Energy Director Lisa Broughton, Smithtown’s Environmental Director Russ Barnett and the department of Environment and Waterways team at Town Hall.
“I’m pleased to announce that Electric Vehicle Drivers will be able to charge their cars for free for the next two years… This is yet another great stride for Smithtown, as we continue to pave the way for new clean energy initiatives that protect our environment for future generations to come.” – Supervisor Ed Wehrheim, Town of Smithtown
The Town of Smithtown will be offering the public free use of the downtown charging station for the next two years. The Level 2 charging station and the purchase of two new Chevrolet Bolts are the result of a New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) Clean Energy Communities Grant with support from the NYSDEC Zero Emissions Vehicle Rebate Program.
“This Electric Vehicle charging station, available for free to the public, and these two 100% Electric Vehicles are just the latest green energy project completed by the town… We have planned a number of future projects, including the installation of free public access EV charging stations in all three LIRR commuter lots. And a solar farm above the closed municipal landfill in Kings Park to provide most if not all power needs of the town government for years to come!” – Russ Barnett, Environmental Protection Director
In addition to a number of future clean energy projects, the town has begun to design and install a 72KW solar electric system for the Landing Avenue Country Club. This system is funded, will be installed and operational within a year.
Previously completed projects include the 50 KW solar electric system and a 10KW Wind Generator at the Town Recycling Center on Old Northport Rd in Kings Park. Smithtown was one of the first town’s in the Nation replace all street lights to low energy usage, high efficiency LED lights. The Town was also one of the first in the Country to replace it’s waste collection fleet with 100% CNG fueled trucks.
About the Charging Station: ChargePoint offers the world’s largest network of electric vehicle charging locations, the most comprehensive charging station map in the US and comes equipped with a State-of-the-art software package. For more information visit:https://www.chargepoint.com/.