PSEG Long Island is celebrating National Drive Electric Week by debuting Lead the Charge, a new program to help accelerate the build-out of roadside charging businesses and encourage consumer adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) on Long Island and in the Rockaways in New York.
The company is now accepting applications from entities to install new direct-current, fast-charging (DCFC) portals at publicly accessible locations, offering incentives of up to $7,000 per charging port in 2019. The incentive drops by $1,000 each successive year through 2025.
DCFC units provide 60 to 80 miles of vehicle range in 20 minutes, offering a considerable advantage over Level 2 chargers, which offer 10 to 20 miles of range after an hour of charging, says PSEG Long Island.
“National Drive Electric Week is all about starting the conversation about how electric vehicle ownership really works,” says Mike Voltz, PSEG Long Island’s director of energy efficiency and renewable energy. “One question that we have seen prospective electric vehicle owners ask, time and time again, is, ‘What happens if I get stuck in traffic and I don’t have enough battery life to get home?’ The answer to this range anxiety is a robust public charging infrastructure. PSEG Long Island’s new incentive will encourage companies to build this infrastructure more quickly, creating a charging network that’s similar to the network of gas stations that exists for internal combustion vehicles.”
PSEG Long Island also offers a residential charging rebate program. Homeowners installing a charging port may be eligible for a one-time rebate of $500. The program is also available to PSEG Long Island customers who installed eligible charging ports earlier this year.