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Elmwood Park installs electric-car charging stations

Updated: February 15, 2013 10:34AM

ELMWOOD PARK — Village officials saw an opportunity to become more enviromentally friendly, and jumped at it.

They recently used a grant to install two elecric-vehicle charging stations in the village.

The charging stations aren’t going to let anyone with an electric-vehicle cruise around for free – residents must register their vehicles, and can only use the charging stations for up to four hours, far less than is normally required for a full recharge.

But Elmwood Park Village President Peter Silvestri said the EV charging stations are just a positive addition to the efforts to improve the environment. “It’s another step to become a greener community,” he said.

The two stations opened about two months ago. One is located behind village hall, 11 Conti Parkway; the other is in the village hall parking lot, next to the firehouse.

Elmwood Park Village Manager Paul Volpe said residents using electric cars or plug-in hybrids that run on electricity and gasoline must register their vehicle with the village before using the charging station. They will receive a permit and it must be displayed during the charging session.


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