The Wild Center‘s recent addition of an electric car charging station is a first step towards making the Tri-Lakes area electric car friendly. The Center’s charging station is the first in the area and will provide a battery charge for those visiting the heart of the Adirondacks.
Electric car charging stations are currently up and running in Canton, Potsdam, Plattsburgh, and Lake George, but The Wild Center’s station in Tupper Lake is the first public charger within the boundaries of the Adirondack Park.
According to Lou Klepner, the first driver to plug in at The Wild Center, “The electric
vehicle charger at The Wild Center significantly expands the accessibility of the Adirondack Park to electric vehicles. Up to this point the Adirondack Park had been completely barren of public electric chargers – other than a few options directly adjacent Lake George. With the Wild Center charger in place electric vehicle drivers with a 250+ mile range, such as most Tesla Model S owners, now have a charging option for road trips throughout the Adirondack Park.”
Every major car maker is producing or has plans for electric cars, some of which can get the equivalent of 119 miles per gallon and have an annual fuel cost of $500. According to the Electric Drive Transportation Association, there are currently 19 plug-in and fuel cell models of vehicles available with 17 additional models expected through 2016.
Over 211,000 plug-in cars are currently on the road, with sales up 35% this year compared to the same period last year.
With the addition of a charging station at The Wild Center, the drivers of these electric cars will be able to pull up, plug in, and enjoy all the Adirondack Park and The Wild Center have to offer.
Contact The Wild Center at (518) 359-7800 for more information.
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