Public-Private Partnership Spurs EV Charger Deployment

July 25, 2013

With nearly 4,000 electric vehicles registered in the state as of this spring, the number of EVs in New York has tripled in the past year. And that number is set to surge again.

ChargePoint and National Grid recently launched an EV charging station project in upstate New York, and it’s set to be the first of many deployments funded through a $1 million award from NYSERDA.

The public-private partnership, which supports Governor AndrewCuomo’s Charge NY program, will provide more than 80 EV charging stations throughout New York state, of which 67 will be located in National Grid’s upstate serving area.

ChargePoint and National Grid are providing an additional $550,000 for the cost of the program.

“The collaboration is a model of a public-private partnership working for New York and the environment,” said Bill Flaherty, regional executive of National Grid’s Eastern New York division. “We’re committed to making this new technology more viable and cost-effective for ourselves and our customers.”

The Charge NY initiative is investing $50 million over five years to promote more EV use.

“Governor Cuomo’s program is developing an EV charging infrastructure across the state that will encourage and accommodate customers in the purchase of EVs,” said Francis J. Murray Jr., president and CEO of NYSERDA. “The investment will not only lead to a reduction in emissions but will help stimulate economic activity.”

The program calls for installing 3,000 public and workplace charging stations by 2018.