Cuomo Charged Up Over Electric Vehicles

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The state awarded $4.4 million to 10 companies and municipalities to set up 325 new electric-vehicle charging stations across the state, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced today.

The funding for the charging stations comes from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment Demonstration Program and the U.S. Department of Energy.

“With New Yorkers facing higher prices at the pump, the state is stepping up to make owning an electric vehicle an affordable and convenient option,” Cuomo said in a statement.

State officials touted the move as a way to lower emissions in New York and promote energy efficiency. The charging stations will include some run by the city of Rochester at various locations, including the Rochester Public Market. The New York Power Authority, based in White Plains, plans to put charging stations at various bus and train stops across the state, Cuomo’s office said.

“Electric vehicles offer a cleaner alternative to combustion engines, helping reduce the consumption of fossil fuels and the emission of greenhouse gases,” said Francis Murray, NYSERDA president, in a statement.

Last year, NYSERDA received a $1 million federal grant for the program, which is part of President Obama’s plan to have 1 million plug-in vehicles in service nationwide by 2015.

NYSERDA is starting a $10 million fund that offers vouchers of up to $20,000 per vehicle for the purchase of electric commercial trucks weighing more than 10,000 pounds.

The projects announced today include:

Access Technology Integration Inc. – Plans to install charging stations at seven locations around the Albany area, including St. Peter’s Hospital, Albany-Rensselaer Train Station, Times Union Center, universities, supermarkets, and other locations. NYSERDA funding: $244,000.

Beam Charging LLC – Company to install 28 charging stations at parking garages in Manhattan. NYSERDA funding: $400,000.

Car Charging Group Inc. – Plans to install charging stations to 15 high-traffic locations in New York City. NYSERDA funding: $200,000.

City of Rochester – Plans to install 24 charging stations at seven highly-visible and busy locations around the city, including municipal parking garages, City Hall, the Port of Rochester and the Rochester Public Market. NYSERDA funding: $228,000.

Coulomb Technologies Inc. – Partnering with National Grid, Coulomb will deploy 81 dual charging stations with Coulomb’s ChargePoint software across the state NYSERDA funding: $1 million.

EV Connect Inc. – Plans to install EV charging stations at five Marriott hotels around New York. NYSERDA funding: $250,000.

Golub Corp. (Price Chopper Supermarkets) — Plans to install 12 charging stations at four locations. NYSERDA funding: $325,000.

New York Port Authority – Plans to install seven charging stations for fleet vehicles and public use. NYSERDA funding: $720,000.

New York Power Authority –Plans to install 124 charging stations at train and bus stations, airports and municipal parking lots. NYSERDA funding: $989,000.

Plugin Stations Online – Plans to install charging stations at three apartment complexes in Albany, Rochester and Buffalo, as well as one at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy. NYSERDA funding: $64,000.

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  1. And every one of those 10 companies will now be contributing bigger to Comm to Save NY and to Cuomo future White House run ambition.

    Shrewd playboy that Cuomo: using federal money to leverage for more contribution money for persoanl use !

  2. Who do you expect them to contribute to – their enemies? This has been true since the time of six Neanderthals sitting around a fire pit.

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