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10 More EV Charging Stations Added To SUNY ESF's Campus

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John Smith
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WAER news
EV Charging Station currently in use on SUNY ESF Campus

Owners of electric vehicles now have a total 18 spots to charge-up at SUNY ESF with the addition of 10 new charging stations that were unveiled today. University employees and students will now have more options to drive EV’s to campus.

President Joanie Mahoney says ESF students are always thinking about sustainability measures, and it’s also the university’s mission to respond to climate change.

“The world is catching up with some of the superstorms that we’ve seen in the recent past. But, ESF since its founding has been focused on the environment and being good stewards of the land," said Mahoney. "We should be leading the way on measures like this. I think that as you get the infrastructure built, as you put these chargers in, you’ll see more people making the leap to electric cars.”

Mahoney demonstrated how to use an EV charging station by inserting a charging plug into a port and utilizing an app to fuel up with electric. She says the availability of finding charging stations continues to be a barrier for people wanting to buy and even for those who want to travel the State Thruway.

National Grid invested more than $100,000 for the project at ESF. Spokesperson Al Bianchetti is about making the connection between EV chargers and the local grid.

“Our role is to make that connection and our program provides funding for institutions, businesses, organizations to close the gap on the cost to be able to make that installation happen,” said Bianchetti.

The new charging stations will also accommodate members of Syracuse University and the visiting public. They’re located in Lot P-22 between Standart Street and East Raynor Avenue.

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.