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DeWitt Becomes the Latest to Install Electric Vehicle Chargers as Part of State Effort

John Smith

A new installation of electric vehicle chargers in DeWitt is part of a move by the state to increase use of EVs. Three new stations were unveiled Monday at the DeWitt Town Hall.

Town Supervisor Ed Michaelenko said he is excited to take steps toward what used to be considered futuristic.

“It’s about time we all started to embrace the technology and we pushed our leadership to make sure charging stations and centers like this are a regular occurrence. Someday, like I say, our grandchildren will see George Jetson with electric technology and drone technology be the wave of transportation of the future,” said Michaelenko.

The installation is part of the Charge New York initiative to increase use of electric vehicles by making charging more accessible. The program has helped put charging stations in Syracuse, Auburn and Fayetteville, among other places. Energetics Project Manager Bryan Roy helped identify the best location and praised the town’s participation.

“They put in a lot of work to install the charging stations and did contributions on their part as well. Just the vision that they have that this is the future and they’re willing to showcase it. There’s many other municipalities that are starting to get that, and DeWitt can really be a role model for others to follow,” said Roy.

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L-R: Barry Carr, Sam Gordon from Town of Dewitt, Bryan Roy, and Kevin Dano with E. Syr Chevy stand in front of one of the new charging stations.

Clean Communities of CNY assisted the project. Coordinator Barry Carr said more charging stations could encourage more people to switch to electric transportation.

“Eighty percent of us won’t buy a vehicle if we don’t see a place to charge it that’s open to the public. So the number one choice is at home. The number two choice is workplace charging. I’m hoping that the Town of DeWitt employees will take advantage of the fact that these are actually six separate places they can plug in while they’re at work,” said Carr.

Carr noted the number of EVs on the road increased by about 40 percent in each of the last two years. Charging at the new stations in DeWitt will be free for the first year, thanks to state grants. 

Governor Cuomo announced a $4.2 million expansion which adds more high-speed charging stations at Thruway service areas and Thruway-owned commuter parking lots over the next two years. These new charging stations, combined with those in cities around the corridor, will allow electric car drivers to travel the length of the Thruway.

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The three chargers can be used on any electric vehicle, and add 10-20 miles of driving range per hour of charge.

How ChargePoint Stations Work:

The ChargePoint level 2 dual port charging stations, which charge any plug-in electric car, can be found on interactive station maps through ChargePoint’s app or online. EV drivers can then access the station and unlock the charging point by using their ChargePoint ID card, the ChargePoint app or by calling the 24/7 ChargePoint number listed on the station screen. Once unlocked, drivers can connect the charging cord to their vehicle, which charges the cars at a rate of about 10-20 additional miles of driving range per hour of charge.

Chris Bolt, Ed.D. has proudly been covering the Central New York community and mentoring students for more than 30 years. His career in public media started as a student volunteer, then as a reporter/producer. He has been the news director for WAER since 1995. Dedicated to keeping local news coverage alive, Chris also has a passion for education, having trained, mentored and provided a platform for growth to more than a thousand students. Career highlights include having work appear on NPR, CBS, ABC and other news networks, winning numerous local and state journalism awards.
John Smith has been waking up WAER listeners for a long time as our Local Co-Host of Morning Edition with timely news and information, working alongside student Sportscasters from the Newhouse School.