I am told proponents of installing a free electric car charging station say giving away the electricity is not Constitutionally prohibited as it is no different than installing a water drinking fountain that users get to quench their thirst at.
The NYS Constitution does prohibit direct gifts to individuals or businesses and that was the rationale City Council seized on to drop the National Grid proposal to locate a network of state funded car chargers on municipal property.Even Governor Cuomo has boasted of creating the green network for travelers with dead batteries.
It is not the small amount of electricity that was ever the issue, it was the notion of subsidizing one class of drivers as part of yet another bit of social engineering. It also was one of those little issues that generated alot of media interest and public complaints.
Basicly, no one felt like taking grief over a device that would never be used anyway.
Watertown Daily Times | Watertown drops electric-vehicle charging stations proposal