Kathy Welsh

Kathy Welsh

POUGHKEEPSIE – As auto manufacturers introduce new models of electric cars that offer an increasing array of improved amenities, Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation is helping to promote this clean transportation alternative in myriad ways.

Central Hudson’s electric cars, a Chevy Volt plugin hybrid (left) and the all-electric Nissan Leaf (right) are used regularly and highlight the benefits of electric vehicles. Photo provided

“Electric cars are less costly to operate and maintain, and they are better for our environment,” said Michael L. Mosher, President and C.E.O of Central Hudson. “Compared to gasoline-powered cars, electric cars cost about 50 to 70 percent less to operate per mile and reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants. We’re pleased to be an essential partner in promoting the transition to electric vehicles for our customers here in the Hudson Valley.”

Current incentives offered for the purchase of electric cars include a $7,500 federal tax credit and rebates of up to $2,000 through New York State, as the state strives to be ready to accommodate more than 30,000 plug-in electric vehicles anticipated on the roads by 2018 and 1 million by 2025.

Nissan recently announced a special rebate of $10,000 off MRSP on the 2017 all-electric Leaf for Central Hudson customers, now through Sept. 30, 2017 or while supplies last.

Eligible customers must be served by Central Hudson and are required to show a copy of their utility bill and the program flyer, available at www.CentralHudson.com/ElectricVehiclesComplete rules are available through local Nissan dealerships.

A Ride and Drive event held in the City of Newburgh this summer by Drive Electric Hudson Valley, as part of the Newburgh Illuminated festival. Photo provided

Special events taking place locally provide customers with opportunities to test drive and learn more about electric cars, including:

  • Chevy all-electric Bolt and plugin hybrid Volt night on Aug. 10 at Romeo Chevrolet, 1665 Ulster Ave. in Lake Katrine, Ulster County, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • BMW i3 Electric and the 3 and 7 series plugin hybrids test drives on Aug. 12 at BMW of the Hudson Valley, 2068 South Road, Poughkeepsie, Dutchess County, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Central Hudson is also working with Sustainable Hudson Valley in promoting electric vehicles through their Drive Electric Hudson Valley initiative, which is holding Ride & Drive events throughout the region.

For more information on the benefits of electric vehicles, visit www.CentralHudson.com/ElectricVehicles, and to learn more about Sustainable Hudson Valley’s Drive Electric Hudson Valley initiative and upcoming Ride & Drive events go to http://wp.sustainhv.org/programs/drive-electric-hudson-valley/.

To learn about New York State’s rebates for electric vehicles, visit www.nyserda.ny.gov/All-Programs/Programs/Drive-Clean-Rebate/How-it-Works.

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