New York to boost EV adoption with $4.8 million campaign

The New York state government launched a new campaign to increase the development of EV infrastructure.

The $4.8 million campaign aims to boost EV adoption and will be deployed by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) in partnership with EV charging solution providers EV Connect, Energetics and Calstart.

Under the campaign, some 450 new EV charging stations will be constructed with 150 charging ports set for installation at workplaces.

The installation of 150 EV charging ports at workplaces falls under efforts by the state government to reach its goal of installing 500 charging stations at workplaces.

The $4.8 million programme will install EV charging stations in Rochester, Syracuse, Buffalo, Utica, Albany, the Hudson Valley, Westchester County, New York City and Long Island.

EV rebates and EV adoption

In addition, the state government will partner with public and private companies in providing employees with incentives to encourage the purchase of EVs.

The campaign will include various programmes to educate residents on the benefits of EVs. NYSERDA will host public test drive and ride events.

According to a statement, Rochester will implement a pilot programme which will demonstrate how developing an EV ecosystem can increase EV adoption and prepare a community for long-term EV growth.

Governor Cuomo, said: “This multi-pronged campaign will help in this administration’s efforts to fight climate change, strengthen infrastructure to support the use of electric cars, and help reduce New York’s carbon footprint on our roadways.”

The campaign is expected to help New York state meet its carbon emission reduction target of 30% by 2030.

The development follows last year’s announcement by Governor Cuomo of $3 million in rebates for municipalities in New York to purchase EVs.

In the last quarter of 2016, the New York Power Authority (NYPA) extended its contract with electric vehicle (EV) charging solutions firm EV Connect to improve EV adoption in New York.

NYPA signed a $4 million contract with EV Connect for the construction, operation and maintenance of some 300 level 2 EV charging stations.

The solutions firm will use its cloud-based technologies to ensure interoperability between the EV charging stations and utility’s grid network.

Under the deal, EV Connect will employ its solutions to help EV drivers to easily locate and use the new charging stations. Read more…


Image credit: EV Connect.

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Nicholas Nhede is an experienced energy sector writer based in Clarion Event's Cape Town office. He has been writing for Smart Energy International’s print and online media platforms since 2015, on topics including metering, smart grids, renewable energy, the Internet of Things, distributed energy resources and smart cities. Originally from Zimbabwe, Nicholas holds a diploma in Journalism and Communication Studies. Nicholas has a passion for how technology can be used to accelerate the energy transition and combat climate change.