The Electric Transition story – The Hudson Valley will Be Ready?

Op-Ed by Melissa Everett, Ph.D. and Seth Leitman

Seeing the banks of electric vehicle chargers popping up at convenience stores and parking garages around the Hudson Valley of the State of New York, a person might start thinking there is a transformation in the making. The market supports this. Worldwide EV sales in 2012 were under 100,000, while in 2016 they reached 800,000; the largest market is here in the US. New York is part of a multi-state partnership to scale up EV use, with a state commitment to at least 825,000 cars on the road by 2030.

Tesla Model S P90D at Kingston NY fast charging

But before the marketplace gets too heated up, our communities need to get EV planning right.

Are town planners figuring out where chargers are needed, where they belong and how to pay for them?

Are building and zoning codes dealing with design, siting and construction of charging stations so they are safe and accessible?

Or will EVs be another opportunity for local land use and planning controversy and confusion – like large-scale solar has been in some communities?

Written by greenlivingguy

The Green Living Guy, Seth Leitman is a green living expert, celebrity and Editor of the McGraw-Hill, TAB Green Guru Guides. Seth is also an Author, Radio Host, Reporter, Writer and a Environmental Consultant on green living. The Green Living Guy writes about green living, green lighting, the green guru guides and more. Seth's books range from: # Build Your Own Electric Vehicle by Bob Brant and Seth Leitman (2nd and 3rd editions) # Build Your Own Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle by Seth Leitman # Build Your Own Electric Motorcycle by Carl Vogel # Green Lighting by Seth Leitman, Brian Clark Howard and Bill Brinsky # Solar Power For Your Home by David Findley # Renewable Energies For Your Home by Russel Gehrke # Do-it-Yourself Home Energy Audits by David Findley # Build Your Own Small Wind Power System by Brian Clark Howard and Kevin Shea # and more green living books to follow.

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