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New York: If electric vehicles can make it here… | MNN – Mother Nature Network

California is still the undisputed leader when it comes to rolling out electric cars, with 40 percent of the vehicles nationwide. But despite cold weather, New York is very up-and-coming, thanks to aggressive government programs and public support.
Wed, Mar 13 2013 at 10:57 AM
Alternative Transportation, Battery Technology, Electric Cars, Electric Vehicles

The Solaire, in lower Manhattan, is LEED Platinum, with countless green features, including a solar installation and EV charging. (Albanese photo)
The Solaire is a LEED Platinum-certified green apartment complex on the lower tip of Manhattan, with breathtaking views of the Statue of Liberty. You get fresh filtered air, digital thermostats, stormwater cachment and energy efficiency. And, oh yes, thanks to a state grant, up-to-date electric vehicle charging.

“We have 293 apartments, and at least 50 have cars,” says Michael Gubbins, who manages the property. I’ve seen Teslas, Chevy Volts, even a Fisker.” At least some of the time, the EVs charge from a 35-kilowatt rooftop solar system. “We’re seeing a lot more use of the stations,” Gubbins said.

It’s definitely true that when it comes to electric cars, California is so far in the lead that no other state is even close. According to Polk data, the Golden State has 22,783 registered plug-in cars, and the next nearest is Washington State with a mere 2,873. The top three California counties have more electric vehicles than any other state in the union.


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