325 New Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Across New York State

New York State Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced June 6 that $4.4 million has been awarded to ten companies, municipalities and other entities to enable more than 325 new electric-vehicle (EV) charging stations to be installed across New York State.

New York State’s electric-vehicle charging stations are supported by a joint effort by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)’s 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. “Creating an infrastructure to accommodate electric vehicles will create jobs and new economic development across the state, while reducing our carbon footprint and helping protect the environment.”

New York’s transportation sector has considerable potential for energy efficiency. Transportation makes up about three-fourths of the state’s oil consumption, and nearly 40 percent of the state’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Last year, NYSERDA received a $1 million U.S. Department of Energy grant on behalf of the Transportation and Climate Initiative, a collaboration of the transportation, energy, and environment agencies of 11 Northeast states and Washington, DC to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector. The goal of the initiative is to accelerate the introduction of EV charging stations throughout the Northeast making the region a hub for electric vehicles through public and private partnerships. President Barack Obama has called for 1 million plug-in vehicles to be on the street nationwide by 2015.

NYSERDA will also be managing a $10 million fund that offers vouchers of up to $20,000 per vehicle for the purchase of EV commercial trucks weighing more than 10,000 pounds.

EV charging station projects announced yesterday include:

Access Technology Integration Inc. – Plans to install charging stations with innovative reservation and payment systems 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 will install a total of 28 charging stations, each one in a separate public parking garage around Manhattan, for the purpose of gathering data to determine how well such charging stations are used. $400,000.

Car Charging Group Inc. – Plans to install charging stations at up to 15 high-traffic locations in New York City, directed toward apartment dwellers who do not have parking at home. Sites would go in parking garages that are used primarily for monthly parking. NYSERDA funding: $200,000.

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  • Micheal Wadas

    I highly believe that electric vehicles are more than our future, they should be the present technology. The problem we allway encounter is the “Chicken before the egg” routine. The automotive industry right now is offering cars that only 5% of the country can afford. I can’t afford a $800/mos payment for a GM Volt. I do however like the Nissan Leaf, it is a little cheaper, but I do not need the bells and whistles, I just need a car that does not run on petroleum. Right now I can only get an electric vehicle if I install a charging unit in my garage…I can’t even fit my car in my garage…and some people do not have a garage. Until commercial electric vehicles charging stations come to your area, there is some range anxiety issues on longer distances. In my states of Pennsylvania, the federal incentive for gas stations to afford charging station has expired…we still do not have a station in our area. I am particularly sick of being forced to put gasoline in my car. Recently I have applied for a grant for a small business venture. If I win it, I will offer partial grants to gas stations, and ideal locations for the purchase and install of electric vehicle charging stations. It’s obvious that our government does not want us independent from a quadruple-taxed energy resource to give us a cheaper fuel that has the potential of being 100% clean with solar, and wind power generation. This grant depends of votes to win, and I need atleast 250 votes to be considered. If you would like to support my cause and help bring another option to this area, please go to https://www.missionsmallbusiness.com/ log in with Facebook, search for the “EV2 Project.” Every vote makes a big difference, and this could be our only opportunity to offer EV charging stations without taxpayer backed federal incentives…which currently do not exist in Pennsylvania. Please VOTE, LIKE, and SHARE this with everyone you know.

  • Jerry McMahon

    I am so frustrated at the latest announcements of charging stations being installed, and nobody and I mean nobody is talking about the safety of our citizen and emergency responders. If you are not aware of what I am talking about, call your local fire department and ask the fire chief these questions.
    1) Has the department been trained on elecric vehicle charging station safety?
    2) is he/she aware of the inherent danger associated with charging stations?
    3) Did he know that, there is a possibility of electrocution if not properly handled?
    4) are they aware of every charging station and its power feed location on each station?
    5) Who to contact if there was an accident car vs charging station and charging station was on private property? do they know how to terminate the power to each station?

    You get the picture, it is very scary to know our emergency responders have not been properly trained and with the number of charging stations planned for installation it will be a matter of time before someone vandalizes or is involded in a serious accident and gets killed or injured.
    I have read several press releases about this company Greenstar Concepts LLC from Louisville, KY that is training emergency responders and they really seem to hit the nail on the head about the dangers and the lack of education amongst emergency responders. We have to keep in mind we are talkin about millions of dollars of taxpayers money.
    Sooner or later the media will get wiind of these stories and it will ruin it for the industry as a whole. We have to work together and demand training for emergency responders, City government, state government and many more.
    Lets not wait for someone to get hurt or even killed.

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