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Saturday, February 22, 2014

Holiday Valley unveils electric vehicle charging station

Posted: Friday, February 21, 2014 11:31 am | Updated: 11:34 am, Fri Feb 21, 2014.
ELLICOTTVILLE — Visitors to Holiday Valley who arrived in an electric vehicle can now charge their vehicles for free at a new charging station at the resort. The charging station, located behind the Inn at Holiday Valley and includes two ports, was installed as part of a partnership with National Grid, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and ChargePoint. The station is one of more than 15 charging stations in Western New York and the second in Cattaraugus County, according to Al Wager, manager of community and customer management for National Grid. The other county station is at the Olean Center Mall.
During a brief demonstration Friday, Wager noted Holiday Valley is a perfect location for a charging station; a full charge takes approximately 7 to 8 hours and can be done while the travelers are enjoying the resort.
“Plug-in electric vehicles are more than just a new way to get around,” Wager said. “They’re a major part of a cleaner, more efficient transportation future. We’re committed to making this new technology more viable and cost-effective for ourselves and our customers.”
Wager noted the average fuel cost of transportation with an electric vehicle is 3 cents or less per mile, compared to about 15 cents per mile for a gas-powered vehicle. And at Holiday Valley, the vehicles are charged free.
“Holiday Valley not only hosts this particular location but also pays for the electricity consumed at this station,” he said. “We particularly want to thank our partners in this broad effort — NYSERDA and ChargePoint — as well as our host partners, including Holiday Valley.”
Jane Eshbaugh, marketing director at Holiday Valley, said she is excited to have the charging station at the resort for its customers.
“It’s a look into the future,” she said. She added that as a business dependant on weather, Holiday Valley sees this as a “good first step” in doing something proactive to care for the environment.
ChargePoint, the power station’s manufacturer, operates stations in more than 14 countries. Its website and smartphone apps allow users to find a power station and see if it’s being occupied.
The power station’s installation is part of a $1 million public/private partnership between ChargePoint and NYSERDA. Early in 2013, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the Charge NY program, which among other goals calls for investment in 3,000 public and workplace charging stations by 2018.
(This story appears in the Feb. 27, 2014 edition of The Salamanca Press.)

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Great to hear about another charging location!