Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that more than 360 electric vehicle (EV) and plug-in hybrid charging stations will be installed across the state in support of his Charge NY initiative.
Charge NY, unveiled by Governor Cuomo during his State of the State address earlier this year, is an initiative to create a statewide network of up to 3,000 public and workplace charging stations over the next five years and to put up to 40,000 plug-in vehicles on the road during that period. This initiative is being spearheaded by both the New York Power Authority (NYPA) and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).
"Building this network of innovative charging stations will encourage New Yorkers to use fuel-efficient alternatives like electric vehicles as well as grow the green industry and jobs in the state," Governor Cuomo said. "The Charge NY program shows how New York is leading the way toward an electric vehicle future, and it is helping to drive the state's clean energy economy."
In support of Charge NY's goals, NYPA issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the installation of 100 electric vehicle charging stations equipped with smart charging capabilities to reduce EV charging demand on the electric grid at periods of peak demand. The charging stations will be located at 36 convenient locations, including transportation hubs, and other public and private parking lots, primarily in the Metropolitan New York City area and are expected to be in operation by 2014. Copies of the RFP can be found at http://www.nypa.gov/ProcurementDefault.aspx.
"These charging stations – well placed for public use – will help encourage more electric vehicles on the road," said Gil C. Quiniones, NYPA president and CEO. "The Power Authority is proud to move the Governor's clean transportation agenda forward with this consumer demand-driven program."
In addition, NYSERDA has awarded $3.6 million to 14 organizations to install more than 260 electric vehicle charging stations across the state, from Long Island to Buffalo. Most stations will be dual charging stations, with the ability to accommodate two vehicles at once.
"The Governor's announcement today is just one more step the State is taking to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels and promote the use of electric vehicles as a viable option to consumers," said Francis J. Murray Jr., President and CEO, NYSERDA. "The investment the State is making in this infrastructure, under Governor Cuomo, underscores our continued commitment to clean energy and energy efficiency programs, which will also help to stimulate the economy and protect our environment."
Projects being funded by NYSERDA include:
Charge NY initiative to create up to 3,000 public charging stations.
Program to lower cost of electric trucks around the state and provide alternative fuel trucks and diesel emission reduction equipment in NYC.
Regional effort to plan for electric vehicle charging stations and examine efforts to promote energy-efficient transportation in the Northeast.