Mount Washington Observatory and the NH Department of Environmental Services team up to offer an electric vehicle charging station in North Conway
The nonprofit Mount Washington Observatory recently participated in a rebate program offered by the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) and have installed a new electric car charging station at the Weather Discovery Center(WDC) in North Conway, N.H.
The Observatory was selected as a favorable candidate for the rebate program due to its central location in the North Conway Village along a major NH transportation corridor (Route 16/302). The Observatory received a $5,000 rebate from the US Department of Energy to off-set the cost of the EV charging equipment as part of the DOE’s initiative to reduce reliance on gasoline-powered cars. Observatory staff fabricated the base for the charger, and site preparation and excavation services were donated by MJ Valldedares Construction. The project was completed in early October.
“For those of us driving electric vehicles (EVs), having another centrally located charging station makes it that much easier to get around,” said Howie Wemyss, Vice Chair of the MWO Board of Trustees and General Manager of the Mt. Washington Auto Road. “The Auto Road was one of the first in this area to install a charging station and now we have three. This is part of the sustainability philosophy that we as a company feel is important to our own operations and we’re glad to see the Observatory being a leader in N. Conway with their solar installation and now these charging stations. Each new charger installation chips away at that barrier to electric vehicle ownership that people have. EVs are now mainstream and are becoming an important part of the solution to getting away from fossil fuels.”
Located in the rear of the WDC parking lot area, the dual station can be accessed 24 hours a day. The addition of this station brings the posted number of public charging stations in the state of NH to 49, giving EV users more range to travel for extended times around the state.
“We are pleased to be able to provide funding to expand the availability of EV charging stations and enable travel by electric vehicles in and through the state. EVs use energy more efficiently than conventional vehicles and help reduce greenhouse gas and other air pollution emissions. Having more available charging stations in New Hampshire will help grow the market for these cleaner vehicles and will support both NH EV owners as well as visitors to our state,” said Craig Wright, Air Resources Division Director.
The rebate program is designed to support development of EV charging stations at strategic locations to enable operation of EVs throughout New Hampshire and connect to charging corridors in neighboring states. Targeted areas of deployment include Interstate highways and other major transportation corridors, as well as key destinations such as tourist attractions, large retail centers and large employment centers.
Additional EV chargers in the area include The Mount Washington Auto Road, Eagle Mountain House & Red Fox Grille in Jackson, The Bernerhoff Inn B&B and Attitash Mountain Village Resort in Bartlett, The Hampton Inn and The Red Jacket Mountain View and Spa in North Conway.
About Mount Washington Observatory
Mount Washington Observatory is a private, nonprofit, member-supported institution with a mission to advance understanding of the natural systems that create the Earth’s weather and climate. Since 1932, the Observatory has been monitoring the elements from its weather station on the summit of Mount Washington, using this unique site for scientific research and educational outreach. For more information, call (800) 706-0432 or visit MountWashington.org.
Photo Caption: Mount Washington Observatory’s Facilities Coordinator John Mitchell stands along Howie Weymss, the first guest to utilize the new EV charging station located at the Weather Discovery Center. Wemyss’ car, Otto, is a 2013 Smart Electric Drive used as the Mt. Washington Auto Road’s company car for staff to run errands with and provide transportation within the surrounding communities.