New York will have more than 360 electric vehicle charging stations installed throughout the state to help reduce fossil fuel use, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced today, Gannett’s Haley Viccaro reports.
The electric vehicle and plug-in hybrid charging stations, which will include locations in Westchester County and Rochester, are part of the Charge NY initiative to decrease greenhouse gas emissions and fossil fuels and to promote the use of electric vehicles, Cuomo said.
“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,” Cuomo said in a statement.
The 360 charging stations are part of an initiative to create 3,000 public and workplace stations over the next five years and to put 40,000 plug-in hybrid vehicles on the road in the state.
The State Power Authority proposed installing 100 charging stations with smart charging capabilities at 36 locations by 2014. The stations would be located at transportation hubs and parking lots in the New York City area.
“These charging stations, well placed for public use, will help encourage more electric vehicles on the road,” said Power Authority President Gil Quiniones.
NYSERDA also provided $3.6 million to 14 organizations for 260 charging stations to be installed throughout the state, Cuomo said. Each station would be capable of charging two vehicles at once.
Projects that NYSERDA will fund include $350,000 for the Purchase-based PepsiCo to install 20 charging stations in Albany and Rochester. There was no specific details on the locations.
Other projects funded by NYSERDA include $200,000 for White Plains for 10 charging stations and $78,000 for Haverstraw, Rockland County to install four stations at town hall and park-and-ride lots. Sky View Ventures LLC, based in Port Chester, Westchester County, will receive $250,000 to install 20 charging stations at 10 hotels around the state.
The company, MyFleetDept.com, based in Canandaigua, will receive $72,000 to install three stations at the Rochester Institute of Technology.
“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,” NYSERDA President Francis Murray said in a statement.