A five-vehicle electric charging station was of the Long Island Railroad terminal in Huntington Station.
The charging station is open and available on a first-come, first-serve basis to those with a free Hybrid/Alternative Fuel Parking Permit obtained at Town Hall.
Approximately one percent of Huntington residents own electric cars, according to Terese Kinsley, the town's chief sustainability officer.
Town Board members said they hope the free charging station encourages residents to buy electric vehicles.
Prices for new electric cars range from about $30,000 for the Chevy Volt, to more than $100,000 for the Tesla Roadster, according to an autos.com report. Federal tax credits from about $2,500 to $7,500 are available to qualified electric car buyers.
It's safe to say that companies such as General Electric, which makes the chargers, SunPower which makes the solar panels and General Motors could benefit by the governmental push for residents to go green.
A new Chevy Volt, made by General Motors, was on display and being advertised Monday at the town press conference.
GE's net profit was $3 billion for the first quarter of 2012, according to the New York Times.
Questions: Would you say the push to go green is better for the environment or for companies looking to make a profit off of the green transition? What are your thoughts regarding Huntington's new charging station and how it might affect your transportation needs?
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