State contract to expand number of EV charging stations across NY

Photo by Kaleb H. Smith
An electric vehicle charging station on the SUNY New Paltz campus. The governor’s ChargeNY program aims to have 3,000 charging stations installed across New York by 2018.


On Oct. 17 Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a new state contract for the public instillation of 300 vehicle charging stations across New York. The governor’s ChargeNY program aims to have 3,000 charging stations installed across New York by 2018 to help achieve a 40 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.

The program has the support of the New York Power Authority’s Board of Trustees.

“New York is a national leader in promoting green technology and developing the clean economy, and these new charging stations will support the growing increase in electric vehicle use across the state,” said Cuomo.

IN addition to reducing New York state’s greenhouse gas emissions, the ChargeNY program would also mandate that 50 percent of the electricity used in New York comes from renewable energy sources by 2030.

The ChargeNY program is responsible for the installation of more than 1,100 charging stations. This brings the total number in New York state to about 1,600.

“With ChargeNY, New York is once again showing how it leads by example when it comes to clean energy,” said NYPA president and CEO Gil Quiniones. “At the same time, we will continue to engage the private sector to develop and deploy their own clean energy solutions.”

NYPA recently celebrated the milestone of installing 100 charging stations statewide in 37 locations.

A new report from the American Lung Association shows that petroleum-powered transportation costs society billions of dollars each year after accounting for health and climate damages.

The Cuomo administration says it has invested $5.3 billion thus far in clean energy technology. “With our unyielding commitment to cleaner, greener, and more efficient energy solutions, we are building a stronger New York for all,” the governor said.