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Houghton, NY—On June 18 th , The Inn at Houghton Creek held a joint ribbon-cutting ceremony with
Houghton College for six new electric vehicle charging stations—four at The Inn, and two at the college.
The Inn at Houghton Creek offers two “J plug” (SAE J1772) chargers and two Tesla vehicle charging
stations. Houghton College offers two J plug chargers between the Paine Center for the Science and the
Willard J. Houghton Library. All six are Level 2 (240-volt) chargers.
Ken Bates and Tom Miner, co-owners of The Inn, described two objectives for the chargers. “The vehicle
chargers we’ve installed are simultaneously a smart business strategy and an eco-conservative
decision,” said Bates.
Miner added, “We’re trying to be responsible citizens, while of course generating business for The Inn. It
made sense to install these electric vehicle chargers for our guests, as well as others traveling through
our areas.”
Brian Webb, Houghton College’s sustainability coordinator, said that the increased prevalence of electric
vehicles, combined with government incentives, made this an ideal time for the college to install the
vehicle chargers. “We knew we would have to adapt for this new market eventually, as people become
more attentive to their impact on the environment—and we felt it would be a smart investment to jump
on while we could participate in these incentives.”
Bates and Miner agreed, saying they were proud to be taking the lead with the college in providing this
service to the Allegany County area.
The new vehicle chargers are registered through Plug In America, so charging stations can be visible to
electric vehicle owners planning trips through the area. Buffalo Solar Solutions provided installation
services to The Inn and participated in the ribbon-cutting ceremony, along with West Herr Auto Group
who provided test drives in their Nissan Leaf and BMW i3.
Guests of The Inn at Houghton Creek receive complimentary EV charging during their stay. Faculty, staff,
and students at Houghton College may use the campus chargers at no cost. Others are also welcome to
charge their vehicles at The Inn or the college, at the rate of $1 for each of the first two hours and $3 for
each subsequent hour.
The Inn at Houghton Creek has served visitors to the Houghton community since 1994. It is currently
managed by husband and wife duo Peter and Joanna Bates.
Houghton College is a Christian liberal arts institution, home to more than 1,000 students. Its mission is
to provide an academically challenging, Christ-centered education to students from diverse traditions
and economic backgrounds, equipping them to lead and labor as scholar-servants in a changing world.