Hybrid happiness: Plug in to Alt Energy Cruise Night
blog by Ben Tsujimoto • May 14, 2013 @ 11:14am
Seven public electric vehicle charging stations dwell in a 15-mile radius of Buffalo’s city center, which—to me—seems like a large number, but over 700 exist in the Washington, D.C.-Baltimore metropolitan area.
Buffalo certainly is not an alt-energy powerhouse like Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Atlanta or Minneapolis, but there’s a local grassroots movement that firmly supports the use of alternative energy in transportation.
From 4:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Buffalo Green Projects presents its second Alternative Energy Cruise Night at the electric car lot outside the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, 854 Ellicott St., Buffalo.
The event is free to attend, and owners of electric, hybrid, diesel, flex-fuel, scooters, bicycles or anyone wanting to learn more about alternative energy vehicles is welcome to attend.
In addition to creating an artistic Buffalo skyline representation at the Doat Street Micropark in the city’s East Side and participating in Re-Tree WNY in the same area, Buffalo Green Projects held its first Alternative Energy Cruise Night in October 2012. Here’s a quick bit on that event:
Despite the weather, we enjoyed an enthusiastic turnout and the participation not only by car dealers, both large and small, but individuals who brought down their own alternative energy vehicles, such as Volts, Teslas and a Mercedes Benz that ran on vegetable oil.
Several of the existing charging stations are Nissan dealerships—largely due to the Nissan Leaf—and since the typical cost of a home charging station costs $1,200 for installation alone (and typical setups run for $1,000 or more), the understanding of nearby options is comforting.
More than anything, the event serves as an informative session on the benefits of and resources for environmentally-friendly vehicles in Western New York. Since we’ve been saddled with some of the country’s highest gas prices—I don’t remember the last time I paid less than $3.60—exploring alternatives makes sense, as the benefits include considering cheaper fueling and generous federal tax credits. Here’s a local, low-pressure opportunity to learn more.