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With gasoline prices remaining relatively low,  a look at electric cars and the charging stations that have been built to accommodate them.

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The State University of New York at New Paltz has installed its first electric vehicle charging stations. The stations are part of an overall campus sustainability plan.

Sustainability Coordinator for SUNY New Paltz Lisa Mitten says the new charging stations are designed to help create a new car culture on campus.

“SUNY New Paltz just installed six new electric vehicle car charging stations,” says Mitten. “One of the main reasons why we’re able to do it and install six at this time is because we installed mostly free of charge from public state money coming from NYSERDA.”

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Vermont's lone representative in the U.S. House wants to make it easier for people to buy electric vehicles.

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In December, the New York Power Authority approved $2 million in funding to help municipal and rural electric cooperative systems in New York State purchase electric-drive vehicles for use in their municipal fleets. But the future for electric cars in New York state is unclear.

Electric cars were popular during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and came back in vogue during the late 1990s, finding a spot in the marketplace as gasoline/electric hybrids. In the last year, fully-electric cars finally made a comeback in vehicles commercially produced by Nissan and Tesla.

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On Monday, in the western Massachusetts town of Greenfield, state Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Rick Sullivan announced a new statewide grant program that will assist communities in investing in electric vehicles and infrastructure.

WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard spoke with Secretary Sullivan about the new strategy to reduce the state's reliance on fossil fuels.

Secretary Sullivan and other state officials will also join residents in the town of Chelmsford to mark the launch of the program.