Central New York, Consumer, Environment, Technology

Electronic Cars: What to Know

The Syracuse Center of Excellence unveiled a new charging station, and held an event to "welcome" it to the community. (C) 2018 Frank DeLuca

By Frank DeLuca SYRACUSE, N.Y (NCC NEWS) – There’s a new electronic car charger in Syracuse, where you can charge up for no charge.

The Syracuse Center of Excellence on E. Washington Street unveiled a new electric car charger on June 21, and hosted a Free Electric Car Ride & Drive event sponsored by NYSERDA. People could come in and test drive the newest electric and hybrid models, which included:

  • BMW X5 E (Plug in SUV)
  • Chevrolet Bolt
  • Chevrolet Volt
  • Chrysler Pacifica PHEV
  • Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid
  • Mitsubishi Outlander (Plug-In)
  • Nissan Leaf (BEV)
  • Smart 2-4 EV (U)
  • Toyota Prius Prime

“Thomas Edison had an electric vehicle, and he sold the batteries for the vehicles,” Clean Communities of CNY coordinator Barry Carr said. “They’ve come a long way. It’s not your great grandmother’s electric car anymore, and now electric vehicles are becoming affordable.”

Electric vehicle owners stand to benefit economically, according to Carr.

“The electric vehicle over a period of time assuming you keep your vehicle more than three years is going to be less costly to operate per mile because electricity is a lot less expensive than gasoline,” Carr said. ‘It’s about a third the cost of gasoline to go the same distance.”

John Doran and his company, PlugIn Stations Online, installed the new charging station at the CoE.

“I was paying $400 a month,” Doran, who used to drive a Chevy Silverado, said. “At the same time, I had a Nissan Leaf, and to make the exact same commute it was costing me $20 in electricity a month. It’s a significant savings.”

To find out where you can find additional stations around Central New York, you can consult these maps from ChargePoint and Solving EV.

A charger plugged into a Nissan Leaf. (C) 2018 Frank DeLuca