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More Electric Car Chargers Coming

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Rochester: More Electric Car Chargers Coming
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After building nearly a thousand electric car chargers across the state last year, New York energy research officials have announced they will fund the construction of 360 more.
That includes 13 more chargers in Monroe County, for electric car drivers who say: they're excited.

"I wanted an electric car ever since the General Motors EV-1 was out, in the nineties," said Gordon Hamson, "Nissan Leaf" Owner.

Gordon Hamson of Henrietta has had his new all-electric Nissan Leaf, about three weeks. He's still not quite used to the whole "electric car" thing.

"If you're going along at 30 miles an hour, and you punch the gas...ah, gas, I still say gas. Just like an old timer," said Hamson.

No gassing up this car...you charge it with just a plug in the wall. It's ingenius, until you consider: What if you run out of battery charge?

"What we're trying to do here is to make it as convenient as possible for people who own these electric vehicles, to access charging stations," said Francis J. Murray, Jr., NYSERDA President & CEO.

The New York State Energy and Research Development Authority has already funded the installation of 24 electric vehicle chargers around Rochester. On Thursday, Governor Cuomo announced the agency will install thirteen more here, in Brighton and Henrietta.

The high-power charging stations at Dorschel Nissan are similar to the ones that will be installed in the Rochester area. When working at full power, they can fully charge a car in just half-an-hour's time.

But with only 2,600 electric cars on the road in New York right now, NYSERDA knows the state needs even more.

"To make it work, you have to develop an infrastructure, among other things, that makes it easy and convenient for people to take advantage of the new technology," said Murray Jr.

Hamson lives just down the road from where 3 of the charging stations will be built, but is retired and doesn't think he'll use them much.

"But for people who are buying a second car to commute to work, it'll be ideal," said Hamson. "I'm getting older...and I'd like to leave the Earth a little better than when I was here."

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