Plugging In: September Newsletter

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Welcome to the first edition of Plugging In, a monthly newsletter about the progress of the Rochester Electric Vehicle Accelerator (ROC EV). You can look forward to learning about upcoming events as well as local and national EV news. This newsletter is meant to be shared so please pass it along to your friends, family, and colleagues who want to stay “plugged in” to local EV news!

ROC EV Updates

What is ROC EV?
The Rochester Electric Vehicle Accelerator (ROC EV), administered by the Electrification Coalition (EC) in partnership with The City of Rochester, Genesee Region Clean Cities, and Energetics Incorporated, is an innovative, community-wide initiative aimed at achieving widespread deployment of plug-in electric vehicles (EVs). This project is supported by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) as part of the Charge NY initiative. ROC EV partners are working with public and private sector leaders to facilitate the necessary infrastructure, educational outreach, coordination, and commitment from local businesses to transform greater Rochester into a model electric vehicle accelerator community.

Upcoming Events

Nazareth College Farmer’s Market Ride & Drive Thursday, September 28th, 1:00 – 3:30pm
Ever wonder what it’s like to drive an EV? This event is a special opportunity for you to get behind the wheel of some the most cutting-edge vehicles available today. RSVP here.

EV Enthusiast Meeting – Thursday, September 28th at Fairport Public Library
EV Enthusiasts meetings are held on the fourth Thursday of each month. In September, we’re hosting a special Volunteer Orientation. All are welcome!

6:30 – 7:30 PM – Meet at Fairport Public Library1 Fairport Village Landing, Fairport, NY 14450, in the Community Room for a Volunteer Orientation. This is a brief presentation designed to introduce newcomers to ROC EV and our volunteer opportunities.

7:30 – 8:30 PM – Following the Volunteer Orientation, we will walk down the street to Fairport Brewing Company, 99 S Main St, Fairport, NY 14450, for socializing, EV shop talk, and a presentation by SunCommon about the benefits and applications of solar power in Upstate NY.

SunCommon is a Certified B Corp with a triple bottom line of people, planet, and profit. They are a local, employee-owned solar company located off 104 East and the first in Rochester to offer Community Solar in addition to Rooftop and Commercial Solar. Whether you own or rent, you can Go Solar easily and affordably.

There is a charging station in the Fairport Landing parking lot.

Brighton Farmer’s Market – 1150 S. Winton Road
Sunday, October 15th, 9:00 – 1:00 PM 
Thinking about buying electric vehicle? Want to meet other EV enthusiasts? Just plain curious? Stop by the
ROC EV info table at the Brighton Farmer’s Market! We will have an EV on display and will answer any questions about EVs, as well as share information about our exciting upcoming events. Join us in “Leading the Charge” in Rochester!

Open to the public!
Ride & Drive at the EcoDistrict Launch
Saturday, October 7th, 12:00 – 5:00 PM

National Drive Electric Week Recap

This year marked the 6th annual National Drive Electric Week celebration in Rochester! Thanks to perfect weather and a great crowd of EV Enthusiasts, we had 55 electric vehicles take part in the car show and more than 80 attendees took test drives! Our friends from Bob Johnson Chevrolet, BMW of Rochester, Dorschel Nissan, Kia, and Toyota provided us with a wide range of models to test drive.

Special thanks to Genesee Region Clean Cities, the New York State Electric Auto Association (NYSEAA), and Rochester Institute of Technology for helping us to put on a great event!

In The News

Did you catch the story about us in the Rochester Business Journal? We made the front page!

Charging Stations Near You

There are over 50 charging stations in greater Rochester.
Click the map below to find the public station nearest you!

Latest EV News

Drive Clean Rebate for Electric Cars

Open to all New York State residents, the Drive Clean Rebate offers a point-of-sale rebate towards the purchase or lease of a new electric car. Taking advantage of the Drive Clean Rebate is very easy: simply purchase a qualifying electric car from a participating dealer, and a discount of up to $2,000 will be applied when you pay. Combine that with a Federal Tax Credit of up to $7,500, and it’s an opportunity you wouldn’t want to miss.

Take Advantage of New York State Charging Station Tax Credit Before December 31st!

New York State provides an income tax credit for 50% of the cost, up to $5,000, for the purchase and installation of alternative fuel vehicle refueling and electric vehicle recharging stations. The credit is available through December 31, 2017, and is targeted at commercial and workplace charging stations.

Charging Stations Near You

There are over 50 charging stations in greater Rochester.
Click the map below to find the public station nearest you!