The discussion of electric car charging stations came before the New Windsor Planning Board on Wednesday, August 10. Proposed electric car charging stations would be located at the Amazon facility located at 500 Hudson Valley Avenue and at the Forge Hill Apartments at 366 Old Forge Hill Road. For clarification, the proposed Amazon car charging stations would be for their own fleet of vehicles.
The only outstanding concern from the discussion would be the designation of spots for electric vehicles in the living complex. If there are no residents who own electric vehicles, then that can create some difficulty for parking.
The electric vehicle market has incorporated many notable brands to release their own brand and line of vehicles whereas one of the most recognized brands is the company Tesla that mainly manufactures electric vehicles. The most notable car charging stations in the immediate area for electric vehicle drivers are the Tesla stations located in the Cosimo’s parking lot and the universal charging stations located in the Wal-Mart parking lot along Route 300. This universal charging station allows various electric vehicles from other brands to get the required charge they need for their trip. In the Town of Newburgh, charging stations were proposed behind several commercial storefronts at The Shoppes at Union Square for a company known as Rivian.
In a report from Electrek, it shared that within the first quarter of 2022, there were over 200,000 sales of electric vehicles nationally. Since 2011, national sales for electric vehicles have increased to over 2.6 million. In the state of California, where the most known electric car company company Tesla was founded, it was recorded that 1.1 million electric vehicles have been sold since 2011 whereas in the first quarter of 2022, over 81,000 electric vehicles have been sold.
Referring back to Rivian, the company currently offers two vehicle models on their website that are available for purchase. According to their website, the R1T model, a truck, is currently listed at $67,500 and the R1S model, an suv, is currently listed at $72,000. According to the Tesla website, the Tesla Model 3 is currently listed at $46,990, compared to the Model X Plaid, at a value of $138,990.
In the immediate Newburgh/New Windsor area, there are several public charging stations available for usage and there are several car dealerships along the 17K corridor. While these brands have their own electric vehicle line for purchase, there do not seem to be many electric vehicles for purchase at these specific locations.
Thruway Nissan has had no electric cars in their immediate stock for the past year but they do house two charging stations at their site. Morehead Honda also does not have electric vehicles in stock.
Hudson Valley Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram stated that there have been no electric vehicles in stock at the dealership and only offer one hybrid vehicle. Sunshine Ford confirmed that though there were no electric vehicles in stock at the dealership, the dealership site does have two charging stations for usage. The representative also shared that since 2019, the dealership has sold 20 electric vehicles.
Colandrea Buick-GMC, Inc. confirmed that the only electric vehicle that they carried thus far has been a hummer, which is projected around $118,000 - $120,000, and reservations must be placed in order to be able to purchase.
Reservation orders can take about a year. Healey Kia was in the process of conducting research and Unity Chevrolet of Newburgh was not available at the immediate time.