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Electric Cars Will Get a Charge in Greenburgh

GREENBURGH, N.Y. – Electric car owners can get a real charge out of their next visit to the library.

Town officials announced plans to install Greenburgh’s first electric car charging station in the parking lot of the public library. Drivers will be able to plug their cars into the two-port station, recharging the battery while they browse the library shelves.

“I think it’s extremely exciting because I think that sends a message that we're being proactive and we are ahead of the curve,” Supervisor Paul Feiner said.

The small, pole-like charging station was donated to the town by Solar Energy Express, a Pelham-based green technology company. And with drivers paying for the electricity needed to recharge their batteries, the station will come at no cost to the town, Feiner said.

When the charger is installed Greenburgh will join White Plains, Yonkers and Purchase as the four Westchester communities with a station, an exciting idea for Solar Energy Express partner and Greenburgh resident Stephen Franciosa.

“It is nice to put my town on the map,” he said.

Franciosa and his colleagues at Solar Energy are hoping the idea catches.  Ideally, the stations would be around the country in stadiums, train stations and parking lots, he said.

“Anywhere people go and spend time,” Franciosa said.

Created by Coulomb Technologies, the charger will be hooked up to a cellular network, allowing drivers to see if stations are being used and reserve their place in advance.

Depending on the car, it will take between two to four hours to fully charge a drained battery, Franciosa said.

“We are excited to be a part of this new 'momentum,' which is the arrival of the electric car,” he said. “Such advances in technology are greatly welcomed and desperately needed and will greatly improve our quality of life and that of generations to come.”

No timetable has been set for the opening of the station, but Feiner said he hopes to have it up and running within the coming weeks.

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