The Post Standard reported that the non-profit Synapse Sustainability Trust received $700,000 in federal grants to install electric car chargers around Central New York. Unfortunately for Synapse, they installed the wrong chargers and had to rip them out and now they need to be replaced. They say they will do so at their own expense. The remarkable part of the story is that these chargers that the government spent $700,000 on only service thirty cars. That’s right. 30!
The goof-up will have little impact on the public. After all, there are only 30 electric or electric hybrid cars in five counties surrounding Syracuse. There are more charging units than there are cars that can use them.
But it is an embarrassment for politically connected Synapse and its affiliated for-profit businesses as they try to carve out a niche in the alternative fuel marketplace.
What a shame that attention is being called to yet another example of massive government waste. But the politically connected Synapse should have nothing to worry about, since Governor Cuomo is planning to spend even more taxpayer dollars on charging stations.
Statewide, there are 962 electric or electric hybrid cars.
Yet just last week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a plan to spend $4.4 million in state money toward 325 additional charging stations in cities from Buffalo to New York City. (Read More)