Aitoro in Norwalk is getting supercharged in an eco-friendly way.
The appliance store introduced its new Electric Vehicle Charging Station Thursday afternoon at its Live Green Event to celebrate Earth Month. The store's owner said after seeing the use of many electric charging stations in his visit to the West Coast, he decided to bring one to the east.
"It's free to the public," said co-owner Tony Aitoro. "We're doing free charging for one hour, you come here, you register, pull your car up, we'll charge your car for an hour.
"One of the things about electric cars, the way our system works right now is that you have to charge it very often," said Leo Cirino of Westport Electric Car Club.
The General Electric Car charging station is located right in front of the store.
"Electric cars are the wave of the future," said Leo Cirino of Westport Electric Car Club. "In other words, if you look out here, 99 percent of the cars that you see, except for a couple of electric, are all gasoline cars. To get a sustainable energy society, we have to use electricity, figure out bigger, better ways to make cheaper electricity, and this is nothing new this has been going on since electricity started."
"As far as pollution, they're wonderful," said Mayor Harry Rilling. "But there are so many other ways that we can reduce our carbon footprint and to be good responsible inhabitants of our planet."
Mayor Harry Rilling announced at the event his plans for Norwalk's new Energy and Environmental Conservation task force.
"I'm optimistic that our task force is going to be doing some wonderful things, we are going to be engaging in public education. Making people, keeping people aware, first and foremost in their minds. Just the simple things in their minds. Turn off the light when they leave the room, turn off the light at city hall when they leave the building, don't let the water run when you're brushing your teeth or shaving. Just those little things can make a tremendous amount of difference."
Aitoro is located on 401 Westport Avenue.