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East Hampton councilman wants designated spots for electric cars

East Hampton Town Councilman Peter Van Scoyoc says

East Hampton Town Councilman Peter Van Scoyoc says electric cars are the future and that the town needs to make people more aware of them. Above, Van Scoyoc is seen at Town Hall on Jan. 5, 2016. Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

A discussion about designating locations for electric car parking at various sites in East Hampton is scheduled for Tuesday’s town board work session.

Town Councilman Peter Van Scoyoc said he will bring up the topic as a way to “nudge” people into the future by making them more aware on a daily basis of the electric car option for their transportation.

“It’ll be a preliminary discussion,” Van Scoyoc said in a telephone interview Monday. “I don’t know how the board members are going to react but I want to bring it up in furtherance of our goals to use more reliable or renewable sources instead of fossil fuels.”

Van Scoyoc noted that the town already has two electric car fueling stations — one near town hall by the police department substation and another at East Hampton Airport.

The town is also in the process of changing over some of the vehicle fleet for the Department of Human Services to electric cars and officials are planning to purchase more electric cars for other departments.

“I believe we have three cars ordered [for Human Services] and we’re thinking of adding a couple of additional cars” in other departments, Van Scoyoc said.

He said that the other departments that would have electric cars “remains to be seen” but he said prospects are the building department, the tax assessor’s office and possibly the police department for vehicles used only for operations such as giving out parking tickets.

“They would be for departments that would use them for short trips that would fit into the electric car profile very well,” Van Scoyoc said. “Obviously they wouldn’t be for something like the sanitation department.”

Van Scoyoc said had not decided on possible sites for the electric car parking spots but he said his idea was to have just one of the spots at each location since relatively few people have electric cars.

“I don’t have strong opinions about locations — maybe they would be at beach parking lots or downtown Montauk,” Van Scoyoc said. “It’s really sort of a PR thing as much as it’s going to be immediately and practically used. It’s going to get people upset if there’s more than one electric spot that’s never filled.”

Van Scoyoc said the electric car spots would perhaps be located adjacent to handicapped spots “so people [with electric cars] can get preferential treatment” by having a shorter walk to a building or other location they are visiting.

“It might make people think, ‘If I had an electric car, I would be able to get that space,’” he said.

Electric cars are the definitely the future, Van Scoyoc added, so the town needs to make people more aware of them.

“That’s where we’re going and I want to nudge people in that direction,” Van Scoyoc said.


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