Charging stations

For one village, installing electric vehicle chargers is not just a way to help the environment, it’s a way to revitalize the downtown.

Between mountains and the widest point of the Hudson River, the village of Haverstraw, New York, is roughly an hour north of New York City.

When mayor Michael Kohut heard about a government program offering grants for electric vehicle chargers, he was intrigued. At the time, there was only one other public charging station in the county.

Kohut figured that people driving electric cars would stop by to use the charging stations and have some extra time while their vehicle recharged.

Kohut: “That means they could come into the village of Haverstraw and walk the streets, have something to eat, go shopping, etc. So it seemed like a good way to introduce people to Haverstraw who might not otherwise be coming through.”

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The charging stations are located in the center of the village, and users receive free parking while their car recharges. Kohut says in the several years that they’ve been available, the chargers have been used regularly by local EV owners. And other drivers see them on the map and stop off the highway.

Kohut hopes more tourists will come to Haverstraw as electric vehicles become more common, and explore the village shops and restaurants while their cars charge.

Reporting credit: Rosie Simon/ChavoBart Digital Media.
Image graphic credit: Created by David McCarthy.

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