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An all-female car racing team from Rochester Institute of Technology finished third place in the electric category in its first global event. In early May, Hot Wheelz took part in the Formula Hybrid at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

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A new electric vehicle charging station was unveiled at a western New York retail store Wednesday. It is hoped that greater accessibility to the stations at retail locations, will encourage more people to buy electric cars.

Tops Markets in Williamsville is the first retail location in the region to offer electric vehicles charging. The unit brings the number of EV charging stations across the state to 500.

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Electric car owners can now plug in their vehicles at the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus (BNMC), thanks to the installation of new charging stations.

There are currently 21 charging stations in downtown Buffalo. But initially, these taxpayer-funded facilities will have very few takers. 

Barry Carr, with the Department of Energy, which helped fund the project, concedes that at the moment, there’s a lack of demand for those facilities. He says federal and state government want to begin building infrastructure, should electric vehicles begin to sell.