Munter And Max
Maxwell Edison Halkenhauser, a 16-year-old student at Morris Hills Academy of Math and Science, has been spearheading a year-long project to get the first charging station installed in the downtown area of Denville, New Jersey.
In this video we see Maxwell (Max) at Town Hall promoting this charging station project when he gets a visit from Leilani Munter, a clean-energy advocate, NASCAR driver and Tesla Model S owner.
"Hey, I'm sorry to interrupt, but I hear there's an electric-car hero around here named Maxwell."
"I'm here to take you for a ride in the coolest electric car on the planet."
"Are you in?"
As the EV grin emerges.
InsideEVs contributor, Chris Neff, who just so happens to be on the Board Of Directors at the Electric Auto Association, commented:
"When we heard about what Maxwell was doing, that on his own he basically got a public charger to be installed, I came up here to meet him."
"We talked about (electric vehicles) and he really knows his stuff. He did his homework. He knows where the clean energy is coming from and where the dirty energy is coming from. I got back to some of the people I know and said 'We really have to support this guy."
*Editor's Note: InsideEVs has contacted Chris Neff in regards to this event, which is a 100.org initiative. Neff will provide us with additional in-depth content, images and more in a future article that will appear on InsideEVs soon. So, stay tuned for more!
Neff was largely responsible for Munter's surprise appearance, but more importantly, Max was successful in getting approval for the charging station. As Daily Record reports:
"He's an outstanding young man," said Andes, recalling meetings that included Max, Council President Christopher Golinsky and Administrator Steven Ward. "We thought it was a great idea, but of course we had to find a way to pay for it. But within weeks after we met, our township grant writer sent us a blast about this grant that might be available, and we thought this might have some possibilities. Long story short, we got the grant."
The $10,000 grant from Sustainable Jersey will pay for most of the cost of the two-spot charging station. With Max providing some of the preparation work and support, the utility installation is already underway and hopefully will be completed some time this summer.
Max is prepared to launch fund-raisers to complete whatever final costs are not covered by the grant, and hopes to continue to bring more charging stations to Morris County to support the infrastructure needed to support electric-vehicles.
Max, an inspirational young man, commented:
"You can start with something small and really make an impact on your community, the rest of the state and our country. So I thought we could start this movement with chargers and extend it past Denville."
Munter hugged Max and left us with this comment:
"I think you will probably be in the first generation of people, when they get a car for the first time, it's going to be electric. Thank you for doing what you are doing for electric cars. I don't think you realize how important it is."
Source: Daily Record