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Molinaro Pushes Through Electronic Vehicle Purchase

Dutchess County is proposing buying four Nissan Leaf electric cars.
Dutchess County is proposing buying four Nissan Leaf electric cars. Photo Credit: wikicommons

DUTCHESS COUNTY, N.Y. -- Dutchess County employees could soon be driving electric cars if the County Legislature approves a resolution from County Executive Marc Molinaro for the purchase of four Nissan Leaf Model S electric vehicles.

The vehicles would be purchased through Central Hudson Gas & Electric’s electric vehicle discount program which offers a discount to customers to purchase the vehicles at a reduced rate.

The resolution, which will be considered on Sept. 11, says the electric vehicles will be used by various county departments for short trips in lieu of using gasoline-powered vehicles.

“The purchase of these vehicles goes hand in hand with our efforts to promote clean, renewable energy throughout Dutchess County," said Molinaro. "This resolution will help to reduce Dutchess County’s carbon footprint while making a sensible financial and energy saving investment.”

Through the program, the county can purchase an electric vehicle for $22,005, representing a discount of almost 33 percent off the list price of $33,705. Each electric vehicle can travel up to 100 miles on a full charge and costs approximately 50-70 percent less to operate per mile than a conventional vehicle, making the vehicles ideal for use by county employees, he said.

Additionally, as part of the resolution, the county will purchase four dual-port Level 2 charging stations at a cost of $10,000 per station, which includes installation and a four-year network connection cost. The stations would be strategically located throughout Dutchess County to recharge county vehicles, but will also be available for public use.

The total cost to the county over five years for the purchase of the vehicles and charging stations is $128,020.

To learn more about the electric vehicle discount program, click here.

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