New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has introduced a new electric vehicle (EV) campaign that includes the installation of charging stations, incentives for employers to encourage employees to drive EVs, and extensive public education and outreach.

According to Cuomo, the increased use of EVs will help the state in achieving its goal of reducing greenhouse-gas emissions 40%by 2030. The campaign, which supports the governor’s Charge NY initiative, will be overseen by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.

“This multi-pronged campaign will help in this administration’s efforts to fight climate change, strengthen infrastructure to support the use of electric cars, and help reduce New York’s carbon footprint on our roadways,” says Cuomo.  “With these actions, we are taking another step toward a cleaner, greener and more sustainable New York for all.”

As reported, project work will start immediately and will include the installation of 450 charging stations across New York. Of these, approximately 150 will be located at workplaces throughout the state, supporting Gov. Cuomo’s State of the State proposal for the construction of 500 new workplace charging stations. The units will be installed in Rochester, Syracuse, Buffalo, Utica, Albany, the Hudson Valley, Westchester County, New York City and Long Island.

“I’m pleased with the progress we’re making in the energy sector, but we can’t cut greenhouse gasses and reach our emissions reduction goals without also making inroads in the transportation sector,” says Richard Kauffman, Chairman of Energy and Finance for New York. “State-wide campaigns to promote the use of electric vehicles will go far to help New York reach its emissions reductions goals and combat climate change.”

John B. Rhodes, president and CEO of NYSERDA, says, “This comprehensive campaign will help New York meet Governor Cuomo’s clean transportation goals and reduce our carbon footprint. Each project is vital to the success of New York’s nation-leading energy strategy, so we can ensure a cleaner and healthier environment for all New Yorkers.”

Additional projects in this campaign include the following:

  • Working with New York City-area public and private employers to create an incentive program specifically for their employees to encourage them to buy electric vehicles;
  • Conducting outreach to employers statewide to educate them on the benefits of providing workplace charging stations for their employees;
  • Hosting public test drive and ride events;
  • Providing innovative financing to make installing charging stations more economically viable for site owners; and
  • Developing tourism routes specifically for electric vehicle owners that will highlight charging station locations in the Mid-Hudson Valley, including in the Catskills.

In addition, Rochester will launch a pilot to become an EV model city. The goal is to demonstrate how developing an EV ecosystem can increase EV adoption and prepare a community for long-term growth. State, city and community leaders worked together to identify actions to support Rochester’s evolution into an EV model city, including adding EVs to the city fleet, installing charging stations, creating a speaker’s bureau for community events and training for local dealerships.

The projects will be managed by three contractors – EV Connect, Energetics and Calstart – for a total of $4.8 million. Each contractor is responsible for different elements at specific locations, though all will be installing charging stations and administering marketing and outreach programs.

As reported, this campaign continues Cuomo’s ongoing support to grow the number of EVs in New York. Last fall, he announced $3 million for rebates through the Environmental Protection Fund for municipalities to purchase or lease zero-emission vehicles, such as battery electric and hydrogen vehicles, for their fleets. Over the summer, Sustainable Hudson Valley kicked off its Drive Electric Hudson Valley campaign to educate consumers about electric vehicles, which was supported by NYSERDA.

The state has also revised regulations to clarify charging station ownership rules and supported research and demonstration projects on new plug-in electric car technologies and policies. In addition, the New York Power Authority has invited municipalities to tap into a master contract that offers better pricing for the supply, installation and maintenance of charging stations.

The governor has also announced the availability of another $3 million to help eligible municipalities and rural electricity cooperatives purchase EVs for use in their municipal use fleets.

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