APRIL 18, 2014

Plugging-in on Earth Day

We may not be like Silicon Valley, where you’ll find a Tesla in (almost) every garage. However, Albany’s latest decision to provide dealer exemptions for the carmaker is a great step toward filling the need for alternate energy autos. Under the agreement, Tesla Motors will maintain their five currently licensed New York state retail locations, and additional Tesla dealer locations — set up similarly to an Apple store, where the product is sold directly to consumers — will be established under a strengthened dealer franchise law.

Prices for the Tesla S, the first electric luxury sedan, start at $69,900. The car has a 265-mile range, 416 horsepower and goes from 0 to 60 in 4.2 seconds. The carmaker should feel at home in northern Westchester, with the area’s conservation fervor and appreciation of superior automobiles.

Perhaps it is only coincidental that Curtis Instruments — whose headquarters are across the street from Tesla on Kisco Avenue — is a longtime leader in electric vehicles, including what they are marketing worldwide as neighborhood electric vehicles, or NEVs, and utility vehicles, UVs, like Gators and tractor cabs.

Last year Bedford 2020, the nonprofit group seeking to lead a communitywide effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 20 percent by 2020, presented the region’s first electric car show, offering the public a chance to take rides in the Tesla S, Nissan Leaf, Toyota Prius and other electric, hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles. The event took place at Diamond Properties’ Grand Prix New York, and today there are alternative fueling stations at Diamond Properties locations on Bedford Road and Green Lane. Additional charging spots in the area include Northern Westchester Hospital, the Bedford Hills train station and the Bedford town house. Unfortunately, in Pound Ridge the nearest fueling stations are in bordering New Canaan. A full list of charging spots can be found at chargepoint.com.

Pound Ridgers will be given an introduction to the cars at Go Green Day on Saturday, April 26, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the elementary schools and have an opportunity to take a test drive. Organizers are even raffling off a weekend of test-driving the Tesla S. The event is timed for the week of Earth Day, which is celebrated on Tuesday, April 22.

"What this all signals is perhaps the start of something new: a top-down revolution in the way we drive (no pun intended — how about an electric convertible?). The latest decision to let the electric carmaker operate within the state is a great step toward filling the need for more energy-efficient automobiles. Bedford and Pound Ridge should make the right move and encourage ownership of alternative-fueled vehicles and provide charging stations that will enable their wider use.

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