PATCHOGUE, N.Y. – A new resolution will be considered by the Public Works, Transportation, and Energy Committee to install Electric Vehicle Charging (EVC) Stations at Suffolk County Properties. Introductory Resolution 1891 was introduced by Deputy Presiding Officer Rob Calarco and he is urging his colleagues to approve the measure. The bill directs the Suffolk County Department of Public Works to conduct a feasibility study into installing Level 2 Charging Stations at 10 County Properties. The study will be used by the Legislature to making funding determinations for potential EVC stations around the County.
“One of the ways that Suffolk County can reduce its carbon footprint is by making it easier for our residents to use electric vehicles, which produce far less CO2 emissions than conventional cars,” said Deputy Presiding Officer Rob Calarco. “It has been shown that when the infrastructure is put in place, people are more likely to adopt electric cars and that is our goal. We want to increase the adoption of this really important technology.”
Currently, 42% of US Energy-related carbon dioxide comes from petroleum. Suffolk County has traditionally been heavily reliant on the use of Conventional vehicles that use internal combustion engines. Cars are the primary mode of transportation for the vast majority of Suffolk County residents. Hybrid electric vehicles, Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, and all electric vehicles typically produce 50% less in tailpipe emissions than conventional vehicles. Adoption of EVC stations has been primarily led by private companies and are located at private retail locations in Suffolk County. However, there are large gaps in availability and many EVC are at inconvenient locations that have prevented electric vehicles from being a viable alternative to conventional vehicles.
“Suffolk County properties are everywhere that people are and that puts the County in a unique position to be able provide the early infrastructure in the places that make the most sense,” added Calarco. “Whether it’s our County parks or train stations owned by the County or just some of our County facilities near our downtowns, these are the perfect locations to place EVC stations.”
Level 2 EVC technology allows electric vehicles to recharge over a few hours, rather than the overnight charging that many owners use at their homes with Level 1 EVC. Superchargers, sometimes called Level 3 EVC, are proprietary and can generally only be used by particular vehicles. Level 2 EVC have a standard design that can be utilized by a great portion of electric vehicles.
The resolution will be voted on by the Public Works, Transportation, and Energy Committee at their November 18th meeting. Should it be approved, it will go to a vote by the full Legislature on November 26th. Calarco says that he intends to introduce further legislation to have EVC stations installed at County properties based on the feasibility study from Suffolk County DPW. The study is due 180 days from the effective date of the resolution.