Tri-Town Teachers Teams Up with Dealership to Offer Free Electric Car Charging Station
Former Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff cuts the ribbon to officially open the electric charging station outside Tri-Town Teachers FCU, joining him from left to right: state Rep. Jonathan Steinberg; Leo Karl of Leo Karl Chevrolet, New Canaan, a sponsor of the station; John Coniglio and David Ritch of Tri-Town; Steve Smith, Westport Building Official, and Leo Cirino, president of the Westport Electric Vehicle Car Club.
Photo by Dave Maltow.
Westport, CT — Tri-Town Teachers FCU officially opened its new electric car charging station on Thursday November 21st. The station can charge two electric cars at once and uses power generated by solar panels installed on the credit union roof. Tri-Town Teachers collaborated with Leo Karl Chevrolet, the Town of Westport, and the State of Connecticut to develop this free resource for EV owners.
Tri-Town Teachers has announced a special rate electric car loan program to partner with the opening of the station. “We are committed to helping our members become more eco-friendly so it is only natural that we should make it easier for our members to buy electric vehicles,” says David Ritch, manager.
“The commission members and all our other town contacts were very supportive of the solar project for this adaptive use of our historic building,” says John Coniglio, assistant manager. “As we were in the planning stages the State of Connecticut announced the Electric Vehicle Charging Station Reimbursement Program. We were selected to receive a $4,000 grant which was very helpful in making this a reality more quickly”, Coniglio mentioned. “This is a great example of private and public entities working together for the common good”.