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 September 8, 2017

For Release: Immediately

Celebrate National Drive Electric Week

Attend a Drive Electric Week event to learn more about electric vehicles

Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp. joins electric auto enthusiasts in celebrating National Drive Electric Week from Sept. 9-17, 2017, held to heighten awareness of the benefits and availability of plug-in vehicles.

“National Drive Electric Week offers our customers opportunities to learn of the advances manufacturers have made in the development of electric cars, with many commercial models now available that are less costly to drive than gasoline models and better for the environment,” said Michael L. Mosher, President and C.E.O. of Central Hudson.

Compared to gasoline-powered cars, plug-in electric vehicles save 50 to 70 percent in operating costs, and the electricity produced to power the vehicles emits fewer greenhouse gases and other pollutants than gasoline engines.

Plug-in electric cars use high-capacity batteries that provide typical driving ranges of 70 miles to more than 200 miles, and can be easily recharged at home or through the growing network of public charging stations. Plug-in hybrid vehicles generally provide electric power for most local driving, with the ability to offer extended ranges with a gasoline-powered motor; these also use high capacity batteries to provide driving ranges of 15 to 50 miles before an on-board gasoline engine turns on to power the vehicles.

Current incentives offered for the purchase of electric cars include a $7,500 federal tax credit and rebates of up to $2,000 through New York State.

Auto maker Nissan recently announced a special rebate of $10,000 off MRSP on the 2017 all-electric Leaf for Central Hudson customers, now through Sept. 30, 2017 or while supplies last. Eligible customers must be served by Central Hudson and are required to show a copy of their utility bill and the program flyer, available at www.CentralHudson.com/ElectricVehicles. Complete rules are available through local Nissan dealerships.

Special Drive Electric Week events are taking place locally featuring electric cars and information to provide customers with opportunities to test drive and learn more about electric vehicles, including:

  • Saturday, Sept. 9 at the Ulster County Courthouse, 285 Wall Street in Kingston, N.Y. from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (see http://ulstercountyny.gov/news/executive-press-releases/ulster-county-executive-mike-hein-announces-national-drive-electric)
  • Sunday, Sept. 17 at Marist College (in front of the McCann Arena), from noon to 3 p.m. (see https://driveelectricweek.org/event.php?eventid=962)

These events are co-sponsored by the Sustainable Hudson Valley, Kingston Climate Smart Committee, New Yorkers for Clean Power, Solarize Hudson Valley, Sierra Club, Hudson Valley Electric Vehicle Drivers and Central Hudson.

For more information on the benefits of electric vehicles, visit www.CentralHudson.com/ElectricVehicles, and to learn more about Sustainable Hudson Valley’s Drive Electric Hudson Valley initiative and upcoming Ride & Drive events go to http://wp.sustainhv.org/programs/drive-electric-hudson-valley/. For more about New York State’s rebates for electric vehicles, visit www.nyserda.ny.gov/All-Programs/Programs/Drive-Clean-Rebate/How-it-Works.

 

Learn more about electric vehicles at local events held during National Drive Electric Week, and take advantage of a $10,000 rebate offered by Nissan on their all-electric 2017 Leaf.

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Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation is a regulated transmission and distribution utility serving approximately 300,000 electric and approximately 80,000 natural gas customers in eight counties of New York State's Mid-Hudson River Valley, delivering natural gas and electricity in a 2,600-square-mile service territory that extends north from the suburbs of metropolitan New York to the Capital District at Albany. Central Hudson's mission is to deliver electricity and natural gas to an expanding customer base in a safe, reliable, courteous and affordable manner; to produce growing financial returns for shareholders; to foster a culture that encourages employees to reach their full potential; and to be a good corporate citizen. Central Hudson is a subsidiary of Fortis Inc., a leader in the North American regulated electric and gas utility industry. For further information visit www.fortisinc.com.