By Joanne Coons
Five is nice but twenty is glorious!!!! That is the number of TESLA Supercharger stations that have been installed and celebrated with a ribbon cutting at the south side of Crossgates Mall in Guilderland, NY. Normally there are banks of five charging stations at a site. This is the largest station in the northeast.
In attendance were state and local representatives, a TESLA spokesperson and salespeople, mall officials, Alliance for Clean Energy New York, Capital Region EV Club, Cole’s Collision Center, and a multitude of TESLA owners enjoying their free charge to give them another 300 miles in 30 to 45 minutes.
Build them and they will come. In New York, you will need to drive to the Hudson Valley, because that is where the five TESLA retail dealers are located. Five is the maximum number of showrooms TESLA is allowed to have by state law, a limiting factor for ordering. By the representation of governmental leaders at the event, hopefully more dealerships will be allowed to operate in the state and open up the market for electric vehicles. This is critical because 27% of greenhouse gas emissions come from transportation. Changing from fossil fuels to renewably-produced electric is critical in greenhouse gas reduction.
Also attending the event was John Cole, owner of Cole’s Collision Center .John has received the extensive TESLA training as the capital region’s first TESLA authorized body shop .So the stage has been set to be a successful owner of a low maintenance, energy-efficient TESLA. With the affordable Model 3 now in production, the Crossgates Mall EV charging stations and all TESLA charging stations will be put to good use. No more range anxiety, just a smooth, safe, clean, quiet drive.
Joanne Coons is an adjunct professor at Hudson Valley Community College, TEC-SMART facility teaching PV Theory and Design. She organizes Capital Region NYSES (New York Solar Energy Society) monthly meetings and is a member of the Town of Clifton Park GREEN Committee.