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Williamsville to purchase electric car for village use

Williamsville is purchasing an electric vehicle and  will be eligible for a state grant that more than covers the cost.

"By doing this, we're going to receive a $50,000 NYSERDA grant, which more than covers the balance of the vehicle," said Mayor Brian J. Kulpa. "The vehicle is going to be used by our Building Department."

The village is working toward becoming a Clean Energy Community, which involves completing four clean energy related tasks. The village already conducted training for Village Board members and employees; studied energy use at municipal buildings; and adopted a unified solar permit.

The Village Board agreed Monday to purchase a used electric vehicle for up to $14,000. To pay for the vehicle, village officials plan to use a $2,500 rebate from the state Department of Environmental Conservation, as well as the $2,500 NYSERDA incentive from the approval of the state unified solar permit application.

The Village Board previously agreed to have a charging station installed behind Village Hall.

"We're excited," Kulpa said. "It's not every day someone offers you basically a rebate that gets you a free vehicle for village use."

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