An available grant of $8,000 from New York State Energy Research and Development Authority might make electric car charging stations in Orchard Park a reality.
Supervisor Patrick Keem has been researching the possibility, speaking with a company in Henrietta that makes the stations.
The bollard charging station would feature two charging ports, which would work for all electric vehicles made in the United States and Canada. Cars can drive for 25 miles on a one-hour charge.
The price for the station would be $8,162.78. The grant would cover $8,000 of the price.
Keem said the municipality would be in charge of how much the station would cost for someone to use it. This could mean a higher cost to charge your electric car on nights or weekends.
“All I want to do from the start is make sure we break even,” said Councilman Eugene Majchrzak during the Feb. 19 Town Board work session.
The councilman said the town will still need to figure out the cost of a kilowatt hour. He added that the town will also have to examine the overhead cost of positioning and operating the machines.
“It shouldn’t just be the electric company coming to you and saying it’s 50 cents a kilowatt hour and a car takes three kilowatts and we charge a $1.50,” Majchrzak said. “We should be putting in whatever overhead it is to run that machine.”
While the discussions are in the infancy phase, three locations were mentioned during the meeting as possible locations for charging stations: the Municipal Center, the Brush Mountain Park community activity center, and the park-and-ride on Route 20A.
Town Clerk Remy Orffeo – who also serves as the town’s interim planning coordinator – said the town should look to change the code so that any large plaza development that comes into the town would be required to have a electric car charging station.
“That would alleviate some of the stress if we only get two charging stations at the community center and two at the park-and-ride,” Orffeo said. “It would provide more options for people who buy electric cars.”
Orffeo said he would bring up the possible change to the Planning Board.
Keem said he will be speaking to the town’s grant writer, J. O’Connell & Associates, about the money available for the stations.