Charge NY Program Underway

ChargePoint and National Grid unveiled a new two-car electric vehicle charging station at Williamsville’s Tops Markets. The station was funded through a partnership with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).

The ChargePoint EV charging station has been installed at the Tops Market store located at 5274 Main St. in Williamsville, and was announced at an event attended by officials from ChargePoint, National Grid, NYSERDA and Tops Markets.

The $1 million public/private partnership between ChargePoint and NYSERDA aims to provide more than 80 EV charging stations throughout New York State. Of those stations, 67 will be located in National Grid’s service area in upstate New York.

About 15 charging stations are expected to be installed in western New York by the end of September, with another 5 proposed for the region to be installed later this year.

NYSERDA said New York has one of the highest growth rates of electric vehicles in the country. According to New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, the number of EVs in the state has risen from about 1,000 to more than 5,000 in the past year.

“Tops is proud to partner with National Grid, NYSERDA and ChargePoint as part of the Charge NY initiative,” said Frank Curci, Tops Market President and CEO. “Sustainability and energy efficiency is a high priority at Tops and we’re always looking for ways that we can help positively impact the environment.  We are pleased to be able to offer our neighbors convenient access to an efficient, alternate fuel source.”

Earlier this year, Governor Cuomo announced Charge NY. The program calls for investment in 3,000 public and workplace charging stations by 2018, plus other steps meant to encourage the growth of electric vehicle ownership.  There are already more than 500 EV charging stations around the state.

“NYSERDA is pleased to partner with ChargePoint, National Grid and Tops Markets to help bring electric vehicle charging stations to Western New York,” said John Rhodes, President and CEO, NYSERDA.  “As Governor Cuomo’s Charge NY initiative continues to encourage electric vehicle investment throughout the state, public-private partnerships like this help the state meet its goals of promoting more energy efficient forms of transportation.”

Through the efforts of Charge NY, the state expects the number of EVs in the state to increase to as many as 40,000 by 2018, and a million by 2025.

“New York State has witnessed a five-fold increase in the number of electric vehicles on its roadways in just the last year alone.  Now more than ever, an infrastructure of charging stations are necessary to support this growing part of our economy,” said Senator Michael Ranzenhofer. “The public-private partnership between ChargePoint, National Grid and NYSERDA will provide another convenient charging point to owners of electric cars in Williamsville and all across Western New York.”