Tupper Lake has become an electric car charging hub

October, 2018

TUPPER LAKE — This town has more electric car charging stations than almost any other town in the Adirondacks after the village electric department installed three stations last month, bringing the total count to five.

The village’s three stations, with two chargers each, are located at the Wild Center nature museum, the softball field at the Municipal Park and near the bandshell in Flanders Park.

They add to stations at two Tupper Lake hotels: Shaheen’s Inn, which has two chargers, and the Faust Motel, which has three.

“There’s no excuse for people to not come to Tupper Lake to charge their cars,”electric department Superintendent Marc Staves said at a recent village board meeting.

While talking with people from the Adirondack North Country Association in August, Staves learned of a New York State Energy Research and Development Authority program for charging stations with just one catch: The deadline for the stations to be operational and available for the rebate was Sept. 31.

Staves pulled together what he called an “11th-hour project” and finished well ahead of the deadline. The village electric department installed the stations, which made the deadline feasible. Because the village did not have to bid for a contractor, all the work was done in house by the experienced Tupper Lake linemen.

Read the full article in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise.