Westport First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff and other town officials took a prototype Mercedes-Benz electric car for a test drive at the Saugatuck Station Tuesday as the town awaits word on funding to build an electric car charging station there in the near future.
This spring, the town applied for $264,000 of the required $330,000 electric car charging facility at the station.
Today Joseloff and officials drove a smart for two electric drive prototype manufactured by Mercedes-Benz Cars, a Daimler brand, which was supplied by Smart Center Fairfield and Penske Automotive group.
“It was a good opportunity to get a feel of the car and publicize our electric charging initiative,” Joseloff said. “It’s a very smooth ride.”
In April Rountree said it was a strong possibility that the charging station would be geared toward smaller short-range electric cars more suited to local roads, though new models of longer-range hybrid electric cars like the Chevy Volt, due for release next year, might also be accommodated.
“Hopefully, people would be able to leave their car plugged in at the charging station, where they would lease a space monthly,” Rountree said. “How many cars we can charge will depend on a lot of factors including the car, if you’re just topping it off, or charging it from zero.”
Plans call for a 30-kilowatt solar photovoltaic system driven by panels on the roof of the eastbound station house that would fuel chargers at 20 narrow spots for electric cars that would be located near the station platform.