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Dec 18, 2018 4:09 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

New Electric Car Charging Stations Coming To East Hampton

East Hampton Town will install six additional electric car chargers at the Town Hall campus on Pantigo Road, and four more elswhere in the town, which will be available for public use. Kyril Bromley
Dec 18, 2018 4:09 PM

East Hampton Town will add five new electric cars to its fleet this winter and is planning to install as many as 10 new electric car charging ports around the town that will be available to the public to use.

Six of the new charging stands will be installed at the Town Hall campus on Pantigo Road, where there is a single charging stand now, but will be available for public use when a town car is not using them.

Town Natural Resources Director Kim Shaw told the Town Board at a work session on Tuesday that the town could consider other sites, like the Amagansett train station or East Hampton Airport, as well.

The charging ports could be accessible via a mobile phone app that would allow members of the public to pay for and turn on the chargers. The typical charge for such services, Ms. Shaw said, is $2.50 for three hours of charging.

With the popularity of electric cars on the rise locally, and most major car companies planning to greatly increase their production of electric vehicles in the coming decade, demand for the chargers is expected to be growing beyond just the town’s efforts to shrink its combustion engine vehicle fleet.

Ms. Shaw said that Tesla has said that its bank of chargers on County Road 39 in Southampton see regular use. She also noted that Tesla has offered to install several “fast chargers,” which can give one of their cars a 150-mile charge in just 20 minutes, in the Kirk Park parking lot in Montauk.

As they had last spring, members of the Town Board did not look favorably on that proposal, however, unless Tesla could come up with an allowance that would not effectively reserve several parking spots only for the owners of its cars.

MICHAEL WRIGHT

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