Electric vehicle chargers installed in Keene

KEENE — Two new electric vehicle charging stations have been installed in this town.

The Keene Clean Energy Team, a volunteer environmental advocacy organization, installed the stations across from the town hall in Keene and in the parking lot at McDonough’s Valley Hardware in Keene Valley with funding from a private donor through the Adirondack Foundation.

“We are thrilled to see this project come together and inspired by the cooperation behind it,” Adirondack Foundation President and CEO Cali Brooks said in a press release. “This is a shining example of how private philanthropy can support a public good and we are proud to facilitate this kind of giving.”

Both charging sites have industry-standard Level 2 chargers that support virtually any EV on the road. They’re also visible online to potential visitors. There is a donation box at each charger to cover electricity costs. The requested donation is about the equivalent of $1 per gallon of gasoline.

A ceremony celebrating the new stations is set for Wednesday, June 26 at 4 p.m. at McDonough’s. The celebration will feature food and music. Brooks and Keene town Supervisor Joe Pete Wilson are set to speak.

More stations planned at Marcy Field

The next phase of the project will involve the design and installation of several chargers at the Marcy Field hiker parking area in Keene Valley, according to the KCET. Among them will be high-speed chargers intended not only to support hikers and visitors, but to potentially power electric shuttles that could be part of an ongoing effort to manage transportation along the Route 73 corridor.

“We hope the state of New York will step up with a robust shuttle network that serves the many destinations along Route 73,” said KCET member Pete Nelson. “The town of Keene, which already operates a shuttle for hikers using the Garden trailhead, recognizes that we’re part of the solution. We want to be ready to support the next generation of drivers and transportation users in a smart, green manner.”