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The governor of New York State Andrew Cuomo has announced $11 million in funding to increase the number of electric vehicles (EV) charging stations in the state.

The funding will be allocated to install fast EV chargers to support wider EV adoption and is part of a $127.7 million federal Volkswagen Settlement fund.

Funds secured through the federal settlement with Volkswagen are strategically invested in New York State under the Clean Transportation NY plan.

The Direct Current Fast Charger programme will be administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to scale up electric vehicle infrastructure in areas of the state where access to fast-charging stations is limited.

The project will also prioritise improving the availability of charging infrastructure in disadvantaged communities.

Increased use of clean transportation supports Governor Cuomo’s goal for an 85% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 under the nation-leading Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act.

The transportation sector is one of the largest sources of greenhouse gas emissions in New York, representing approximately 36% of the state’s total emissions.

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New York State has plans to invest $1 billion in electrifying its transportation sector.

Governor Andrew Cuomo, said: “New York continues to serve as a national model for reducing greenhouse emissions. As part of our efforts, we must ensure all New Yorkers, no matter where they live or their economic status, have access to the infrastructure required for using electric vehicles.

“This investment will build the infrastructure necessary for empowering more consumers to choose clean, electric transportation options, while making electric vehicles an accessible option for all New Yorkers.”