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September 7, 2018
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Electric Cars Offer Clean and Affordable Transportation 
Learn About Electric Cars at Local Mid-Hudson Valley Events

National Drive Electric Week, taking place Sept. 8 through 16, provides many opportunities to learn more about the advantages and benefits of electric cars. Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation is participating in local events to demonstrate electric vehicles and speak to customers about clean electric transportation.

Central Hudson representatives will be available at the following electric vehicle events in September:

  • Saturday, Sept. 8: Ulster County Courthouse, 284 Wall Street, Kingston, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Saturday Sept. 15: New Paltz Zero Emissions Parade and expo, Village Hall, 25 Plattekill Rd., 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, Sept. 16: Marist College, Route 9, Poughkeepsie, noon to 3 p.m.

“Electric cars have come a long way in recent years, offering extended driving ranges, lower operating costs and more recharging options,” said Charles A. Freni, Vice President of Customer Services and Transmission & Distribution Operations. “They also handle well and are fun to drive.”

Some current models offer driving ranges of 100, 150 and even more than 200 miles before recharging, and feature quick acceleration and the latest in safety and performance technologies. Compared to gasoline-powered vehicles, electric cars are more energy efficient and cost about half as much to operate per mile. In addition, they reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, emissions from electric cars are, on average, 60 percent less than that of gasoline vehicles, which create the majority of emissions in the United States. In New York, the emissions reductions are even greater, about 85 percent less than of that of gasoline vehicles, thanks to a higher proportion of cleaner sources for electric generation in the state.

Auto manufacturers offer more electric vehicle options than ever, and state and federal incentives are available for the purchase of qualified electric cars.

“Electric vehicles are available as hybrids, which use gasoline and electric motors together to power the car; plug-in hybrids, which use an electric motor alone to power the car first, and then a gasoline engine for extended range; and all-electric cars, which use electric motors exclusively to power the car,” said Freni. “In addition, depending on drivers’ needs, these options will meet nearly every type of driving.”

New York offers a rebate of up to $2,000 toward the purchase of electric cars, depending on the vehicle’s range, and up to $7,500 in federal tax credits are also available. Auto manufacturers may also offer incentives, for example Nissan provides a $5,000 rebate on the all-electric Leaf through Sept. 30, 2018.

A standard 110 volt outlet is sufficient for recharging electric cars, and faster, 240 volt charges can also be installed if needed. Home chargers can be purchased from many retailers, and are available on Central Hudson’s CenHub store at www.CenHubstore.com. The availability of public charging stations is also growing, and “fast-chargers” are becoming available, for example at select locations on the New York State Thruway. Recharging also takes place during braking, slowing down and coasting using regenerative braking.

“In coming years, we expect the selection of electric vehicle to expand, including electric trucks and SUVs, and for the electric recharging infrastructure to grow,” said Freni.  “Electric buses and utility vehicles are also available, and with no emissions are especially well suited for campuses and cities.”

To learn more about electric vehicles, visit www.CentralHudson.com/ElectricVehicles. For information on New York State rebates, visit www.nyserda.ny.gov/All-Programs/Programs/Drive-Clean-Rebate/About-Electric-Cars; and to see emissions reductions for electric vehicles by state, go to the U.S. Department of Energy website at www.afdc.energy.gov/vehicles/electric_emissions.php. To view videos produced by New York State on driving electric cars, click on Behind the Wheel of an Electric Car - Performance and Behind the Wheel of an Electric Car - Lifestyle.

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