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Charge It — Metroland

Photo by Shannon DeCelle.
The Capital Region got a little bit greener Tuesday (Feb. 5) when two new electric vehicle charging stations were unveiled at Woodlake Apartments in Guilderland.

The Woodlake installation is the first of many charging stations planned by the property’s owner-manager, Albany-based Tri City Rentals, under a federal and state grant program administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. Tri City Rentals owns and manages 24 properties in the Capital Region—including the 568-unit Woodlake complex off Schoolhouse Road—as well as 10 in the Rochester area and 11 in greater Buffalo. “We plan to install similar stations in western New York this spring,” said Murray C. Massry, Tri City Rentals project manager.

According to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, there are between 1,100 and 1,200 EVs (including plug-in electric hybrids) statewide, but the U.S. Department of Energy counts only 163 charging stations in the state to date.

The Woodlake charging stations are available for both tenants and the general public. Remarkably, there is no cost to drivers for the electricity; the expense will be covered by Tri City Rentals. The company, which is the largest apartment owner-operator in the Capital Region, paid 20 percent of the $25,000 cost of the charging stations. The remainder was provided by state and federal grants.



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