NYPA Commits $40 Million for First Phase for up to $250 Million for EVolve NY Initiative

Evolve NY to Expand Electric Vehicle Fast Charging Along Key Corridors. All to Create New NYC Airport Charging Hubs. As well as Establish EV Model Communities Over Seven-Year Program  

So Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced a new $250 million electric vehicle expansion initiative. It’s called EVolve NY. It’s also being implemented by the New York Power Authority.

So in addition to state funding, the program will also seek to create private sector partnerships through 2025. All most importantly to aggressively accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles throughout New York State. NYPA will also be launching several new innovative initiative. One to consequently co-invest with private sector partners. Also collaborate with partners on identifying new business and ownership models. Moreover it’ll increase customer awareness about electric vehicles and charging.

Most importantly, this major investment plan aims to expand fast charging infrastructure. Thereby making EVs more user-friendly for all New Yorkers.

governor's charge ny 2.0 In the State of New York for fast chargers for electric vehicles
All These Spots Will have Fast Charger Locations across NYS Interstate routes and Thruways

“Electric vehicles started in Buffalo in 1902,” said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. “I’m proud of that history, and now we’re moving away from gas vehicles again and toward the future of electric vehicles. This significant investment will add charging stations in key areas. For it is allowing people to travel across the state with the opportunity to recharge. Also it’s encouraging more New Yorkers to use electric vehicles. This investment complements our ambitious energy goals of reducing emissions. All in helping to lower costs and protect the environment.”

Most noteworthy, EVolve NY is a most noteworthy key pillar of the Governor’s Charge NY 2.0 initiative. One which aims to encourage and support electric car adoption. All by increasing the number of fast charging stations statewide. It will help bring the State closer to its goal of installing at least 10,000 EV charging stations by the end of 2021.

Over the next seven years, NYPA is committing up to $250 million. All to partner with the private sector and other key stakeholders. All to attract longer-term private investment and collaborate on programs that will amplify the Governor’s Charge NY 2.0 program. In addition it will address key infrastructure and potential market gaps. The funding will be awarded through the state’s competitive procurement process.

This initiative moreover builds on New York State’s major, multi-agency clean transportation efforts. One making EVs more affordable and accessible. As well as helping accelerate Governor Cuomo’s ambitious Reforming the Energy Vision strategy. One that’s also expected to lead the fight against climate change. Also grow New York’s economy. All by building a cleaner, more resilient and affordable energy system.

The initial phase of funding directs $40 million to be allocated. Some of the new programs through the end of 2019, including:

  • Interstate Fast Chargers – Collaborate with the private sector, and other partners, to identify and install up to 200 direct current (DC) fast chargers along key interstate corridors. That’s with a target interval of every 30 miles; even in select urban areas. DC fast chargers have the potential to charge the latest EV models in as little as 10 minutes for 200 miles of range. NYPA will collaborate with partners to determine optimal locations focusing on accessibility, convenience, affordability, and reliability of charging.
  • Airport Fast Chargers – Leverage public and private partnerships to install DC fast chargers at or near John F. Kennedy and LaGuardia airports. With more than 20 million passenger car trips around the airports annually, its an EV charging hub. For it has the potential to serve EV drivers within a 200 mile-radius of New York City. Program features may include promoting charger use by multiple users including rideshare companies. Also public vehicles, rental agencies, airport/commercial fleets and potentially buses. This advance will add to the medium-speed (Level 2) chargers already at the airports in indoor parking garages.

In conclusion, New York has a long history of delivering affordable and accessible EV initiatives and infrastructure throughout the state. NYPA is currently installing 400 public chargers at airports, train stations, and municipal parking lots and, as recently announced, high-speed chargers have been installed on the New York State Thruway.

That’s also with 23 service areas planned between New York City and Buffalo.

Moreover, additional funding and programs from the Department of Environmental Conservation, the Thruway Authority, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and other state agencies. That’s as well as investment by Electrify America. Finally, for it will complement NYPA’s efforts. Therefore it’ll help bridge any gaps to unlock private investment.

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