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Irvington Installs Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

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September 22, 2020

By Barrett Seaman–

The Village of Irvington has installed Electric Vehicle charging stations for use by the public. Two of the stations are located at the south end of the parking lot of the Irvington Public Library and two more are located at the south end of the Aqueduct Parking Lot.

The charging stations are free to use as long as the vehicle is being charged, but anyone who leaves a vehicle there after charging is complete will be charged $5/hour. Owners wishing to use the charging station must download the EV Connect app to their phone (iPhone or Android) or point their phone at the QR code located on the charging station port.

Re-charging with these “level 2” chargers take on average about 2 hours, according to Village Administrator Larry Schopfer. “It could be as much as four if it’s run down very low.” Level 2 chargers are fairly common, except on highways, says Schopfer, “where they use level 3 chargers to fill up in under 30 minutes.”

The 30-minute models “cost hundreds of thousands of dollars and require an enormous amount of electrical capacity to run,” says Schopfer. The cost of four units in Irvington, including installation, was $34,480.61, but a state grant subsidized that to the tune of $16,000, leaving a net cost to the village of $18,480.61.

Other villages have had EV charging stations for a while, Tarrytown since 2013. The village now has five stations. Users are charged per kilowatt hour but fines are handed out only to non-electric cars that park in the charging station spot.

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