BURRILLVILLE – The town now owns an electric vehicle and has installed two charging stations where green-minded residents can power up, thanks, in part, to grants from the state Office of Energy Resources.
The new permanent charging stations are situated by the playground at the Stillwater Mill pavilion in Harrisville and near the bike path behind the Pascoag Utility District office on Pascoag Main Street.
Recreation Director Andrea Hall, meanwhile, will be seen rolling about town in the new ride, a a black, 2018 Nissan Leaf S from Speedcraft Nissan in West Warwick. The town emblem can be seen on the side of the vehicle, along with the words “Keep Burrillville Beautiful, Love Your Town, Drive Electric.”
The car will be leased for three years with the help of a $7,500 rebate from OER. The total cost of the vehicle is $9,884, but with the rebate, the price to the town comes up to $2,384, paid from Burrillville’s waste disposal recycling account.
The OER grants aim to promote Rhode Island’s goal of moving toward a cleaner environment, and the town’s participation came about as part of a joint effort by the Burrillville Redevelopment Agency, the Waste Department and the Pascoag Utility District.
The Town Council unanimously approved the purchases at a meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 26.
The charging stations, installed over the past month by company Verdek following trenching and landscape work by the Department of Public Works, are now available to the public for use. PUD installed equipment needed to hook the stations up to the grid.
Town officials will monitor how much Burrillville saves, meanwhile, through use of the car, comparing the cost of fueling the electric vehicle with the price of gas. A letter on the effort noted that the price to charge the Nissan is $3.33, while the current average price for gas is $2.86 per gallon, or $34.32 to fill a 12 gallon tank.
The car itself will be used by Hall in her travels to town meetings, schools and on other town business.