Why this apartment owner is installing 26 electric car chargers
By [Michael DeMasi](https://www.bizjournals.com/albany/bio/431/Michael+DeMasi) – Reporter, Albany Business Review. Jul 25, 2019 Updated Jul 25, 2019, 8:12am EDT
[Marvin Chudnoff](https://www.bizjournals.com/albany/search/results?q=Marvin%20Chudnoff) has been an environmentalist for a long time. He and his wife started using phosphate-free laundry detergent when they lived in a Manhattan apartment in the 1960s. He once spent $50,000 realigning a road in one of his apartment complexes to save an old oak tree.
He drives a Tesla.
“I could burn your ears off with all the damage we’re doing with burning coal,” Chudnoff said. “All the fish dying in the Adirondack Park because of sulphuric acid in the lakes. We are destroying the planet.”
So it’s little surprise that Chudnoff is installing 13 charging stations for electric vehicles — each with two ports — at Hudson Preserve, a 348-unit apartment complex off Route 2 in Colonie.
It’s the largest installation of electric vehicle chargers at an apartment complex in the state, according to the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.
NYSERDA is providing a grant of $4,000 for each charging port. A separate grant from National Grid is covering the remainder of the $200,000-plus cost. The installations are being done by PlugIn Stations Online of Albany.
“At the end of the day it’s not costing a penny,” said Chudnoff, who lives in New York City and has a large portfolio of apartments in the Albany region.
Charging stations have become increasingly common over the past decade to support the use of electric vehicles. Shopping centers, hotels and supermarkets have them in their parking lots, among other places.
There are more than 4,000 electric vehicle charging stations in New York, according to NYSERDA. The goal is to have at least 10,000 by 2021.
Many drivers charge their cars at home in the garage.
Chudnoff thought it was important to make charging convenient for his tenants, even though he’s not aware of any who own electric vehicles.
“We already put [a charging station] in last year or two years ago at my expense,” Chudnoff said. “It was a few thousand dollars. Nobody has ever used it.”
Manufacturers are [making big investments in electric cars](https://www.detroitnews.com/story/business/autos/mobility/2019/05/03/why-automakers-betting-so-big-electric-vehicles/3615444002/) because of consumer interest and the regulatory environment in Europe, China and California.
In New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo just signed the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act which sets [aggressive goals for reducing greenhouse emissions by 2050](https://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/politics/albany/2019/07/18/new-york-climate-community-protection-act-cuomo-signs/1767756001/).
“Will these goals be met?” Chudnoff said. “I hope to God they are.”