SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry has added 10 new electric vehicle charging stations to its campus.
ESF held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday, showcasing how they work. The college has partnered with National Grid to expand its existing charging network. ESF students, employees and the general public can use the charging stations. The college says their mission is sustainability and since its founding has been focused on the environment.
“They are real user friendly and you can just plug in and stay as long as you need,” says Joanie Mahoney, SUNY ESF President.
The new charging stations are located in Lot P-22 between Standart Street and East Raynor Avenue, located on SUNY ESF campus often use by fans going to the Carrier Dome.
The charging stations have a total of 18 ports.
“Its proximity to our dorms and students really clamor for sustainability measures. So this was a real priority of our students,” says Mahoney.
It’s also a priority for National Grid and the state as well.
“Our role primarily is to get the connection between the charger and the local grid. Whether its an underground grid or above ground grid. Here our role is to make that connection,” says Alberto Bianchetti, National Grid Regional Director.
National Grid’s program provides funding for institutions and businesses to close the gap on the cost.
“The state is looking to have 50,000 charging stations in place by 2025 and we’re aggressively trying to support that goal through our various programs,” says Bianchetti.
SUNY ESF also has a few more charging stations on their main campus. But the college says the new ones are easier for the public to use. The new stations are one of the largest and most affordable charging hubs for the public to use in Syracuse.