Gardiner’s EV Charging Station
By Jennifer Bruntil
From Issue 47: Summer 2020
The Town of Gardiner and the Climate Smart Gardiner Taskforce are thrilled to announce the installation of a Level 2 Electric Vehicle (EV) charging station in the Gardiner Library parking lot, adjacent to both the municipal lot and an entrance to the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail. It is also a short walk to village shops and restaurants.
Level 2 chargers allow you to charge your electric car in just a few hours, while Level 1 chargers are typically installed in homes, where a vehicle can be left to charge overnight.
Marybeth Majestic, Town of Gardiner Supervisor, said, “It has been a long time coming, but has been well worth the wait. Gardiner now has the only EV charging station adjacent to the Rail Trail, which is something we are very proud of.”
The station was acquired through a grant written by the Climate Smart Taskforce. Funded in part by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, the station is free to users for two years, with the cost of the electricity being underwritten by local area businesses SkyDive the Ranch, Gardiner Liquid Mercantile, and Cafe Mio, as well as Climate Smart Gardiner.
“We hope that the station will attract more visitors to Gardiner businesses,” said Holly Shader, member of the Climate Smart Gardiner Taskforce. “EV drivers who may otherwise drive through Gardiner on their way to Minnewaska State Park or Mohonk Preserve will now have a reason to stop.”
We hope that as our businesses gradually begin to reopen, visitors can enjoy a meal, walk around the town or enjoy the views on the rail trail while charging their vehicle.