Set up for 2-port electric vehicle charging station at Town Hall

ARKPORT — With great fanfare on Wednesday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo touted a $4.2 million plan to install more high-speed electric vehicle charging stations along the New York state Thruway.

Forgive the Town of Hornellsville if it says “been there, done that.”

Hornellsville, which earlier this month earned recognition as Steuben County’s only Clean Energy Community as designated by NYSERDA, quietly installed a 2-port electric vehicle charging station at the Town Hall in Arkport a few weeks ago.

Hornellsville is receiving a $5,000 rebate for the charging station — one of the four “high impact” clean energy measures adopted by the town board to become a Clean Energy Community. Thanks to that designation, Hornellsville will receive a $50,000 grant for clean energy and greenhouse gas reductions.

Hornellsville's charging ports are manufactured by Siemens. Supervisor Dan Broughton told the town board Tuesday that customers — there have not been any as of yet — will use an app to access the system. The town will be reimbursed for whatever electric is used.

“Customers pay through (the app), and whatever electric is used, the town gets that portion back,” Broughton said.

The ports are attached to the outside of the town hall, on the parking lot side of the building. The setup is fairly utilitarian at this point, but an upgrade is already in the works, Broughton told The Evening Tribune on Wednesday.

The town plans to exchange the current units for “two new units that have the wifi built into them,” Broughton said.

When the charging station and ports are fully up and running, they will “fit almost all (electric) vehicles,” Broughton said.

Meanwhile, Cuomo has set a goal of reducing the state’s greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2030. The state currently has more than 2,000 public charging stations. The Cuomo administration said the new expansion puts the state “within reach of the Governor's 2018 goal of 3,000 charging stations across the state.”