To round out Climate Week, Governor Kathy Hochul today announced that more than 100 high-speed chargers have been installed across the state as part of the New York Power Authority’s EVolve NY fast charging network for electric vehicles. The latest DC fast chargers installed in downtown Riverhead and Commack in Suffolk County mark the EVolve NY network’s first fast charging hubs on Long Island, where nearly 30 percent of New York State’s EV owners live. An additional fast charging station in Bridgehampton will be completed in October.
“With over 100 Evolve NY high-speed chargers across the state, New York has cemented itself as a leader in promoting clean transportation and limiting emissions from the transportation sector—the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the country.” Governor Hochul said. “The latest three chargers coming to Long Island, which has more EV drivers than anywhere else in the state, mark our progress in building the infrastructure needed to support our transition to electric vehicles in the fight against climate change.”
The New York Power Authority (NYPA) EVolve NY high-speed open-access charging network has installed fast chargers at key locations along key travel corridors and in urban areas to make it easier for more New Yorkers to drive electric cars. Any battery-powered electric vehicle can be charged at an EVolve NY location in as little as 20 minutes. Electric vehicles offer a cleaner form of transportation that helps offset emissions from gas-powered vehicles and helps advance New York’s state-leading Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (Climate Act) goal of reducing carbon emissions by 85 percent by 2050.
3 New Long Island Sites Expand Fast Charging Network
According to EvaluateNY, Long Island accounts for nearly 30 percent of New York’s EV ownership, with 32,090 vehicles on the road, a higher percentage than any other region in the state. More than 26 percent of the current public and private 1,020 DCFC fast charging ports in the state are located on Long Island. EVolve NY’s expansion to Long Island will provide even greater access to EV charging for Long Islanders.
EVolve NY chargers are now operating at a shopping center at 656 Commack Road in Commack and a municipally owned parking lot at 209 East Ave. in Riverhead. Chargers on a Bridgehampton municipal lot at 99 School Street is expected to open in late October. A total of 140 EVolve NY fast chargers are expected to be available across the state by the end of the year.
The four direct current fast chargers (DCFC) located in both Riverhead and Commack can charge any make or model of EV to 80 percent in as little as 20 minutes. The charging stations are equipped with fast charging plugs that allow all electric vehicles, including Tesla cars with an adapter, to connect. The Riverhead and Commack fast charger blocks are operated by PSEG Long Island, on behalf of the Long Island Power Authority. Riverhead also has four public Level 2 chargers that can be used for charging during an extended layover. The Commack chargers are the first fast or level 2 chargers in the village.
The installation of the Riverhead Chargers – located downtown at 209 East Avenue – is a site identified through the Department of State’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI). The program builds on public and private investment to create vibrant downtown business districts. Riverhead is one of six cities implementing EVolve NY chargers in line with the DRI program to make electric car driving a more accessible option for more local residents and all New Yorkers, while supporting economic development in downtowns across the state. The multi-agency program, called DRIve EV Downtown, includes other DRI locations that have installed EV fast charging, including in Amsterdam (Montgomery County), Geneva (Ontario County), Middletown (Orange County in the Hudson Valley), Utica (Oneida County ). ), and Oswego (Oswego County).
New York Power Authority Interim President and CEO Justin E. Driscoll said, “As a first mover in the EV charging space, NYPA is laying the groundwork for a rapidly growing industry by deploying high-speed chargers across the state in an accelerated, technology-savvy, cost-containment manner . Surpassing 100 chargers strengthens the backbone of our statewide network and inspires even more investment in our original goal of helping electrify travel along New York’s major travel corridors. Electric vehicle adoption is skyrocketing on Long Island, and NYPA is proud of helping to make electric car driving easier.”
New York Secretary of State Robert J. Rodriguez said, “This milestone represents the state’s leadership in making a cleaner, greener New York. Decarbonizing downtowns and investing in climate-friendly infrastructure is an important building block for downtown revitalization. New Yorkers are returning to more vibrant and revitalized neighborhoods , and making them more resilient is a DOS priority.”
Long Island Power Authority CEO Thomas Falcone said, “Congratulations to NYPA on their milestone of 100 EV fast chargers, as well as the launch of the first three EVolve NY fast chargers on Long Island. With EV chargers getting easier available, public interest in the technology will only increase and put us on the path to success in meeting New York’s clean energy goals. We look forward to continuing to work with our partners at NYPA to do all we can to encourage the use of electric cars throughout our region through education and incentives.”
Riverhead Town Supervisor Yvette Aguilar said, “Charging stations such as these EVolve fast chargers help strengthen Downtown Riverhead’s overall infrastructure, which is critical to the overall revitalization and revitalization of our downtown. As more and more New Yorkers transition to electric vehicles, the availability of These chargers will undoubtedly become more widespread.”
President and CEO of Electrify America Giovanni Palazzo said, “We are excited to celebrate the New York Power Authority’s milestone of more than 100 chargers in their EVolve NY charging network. Through our continued collaboration, Electrify America is helping NYPA advance electric vehicle mobility for everyone in State of New York.”
Director of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at PSEG Long Island Michael Voltz said, “PSEG Long Island congratulates NYPA on this exciting milestone. We were pleased to work with NYPA to come up with a mutually agreed upon design to connect the rapid EV charging station to the electric grid to provide fast, reliable power to EV owners who want to charge their vehicles quickly.Long Island has the highest percentage of electric vehicles per total vehicle ownership of any area in New York State, and we are excited , that there will be additional electric cars in our region.”
Chair of Drive Electric Long Island Marjaneh Issapour said, “Drive Electric Long Island commends NYPA for their Evolve NY fast charging program for making EV charging fast, affordable and convenient here on Long Island and throughout New York. Our goal is to accelerate and encourage its use of EVs and additional charging infrastructure through advocacy, education and outreach. The Evolve NY network makes this much easier to achieve and is responsive to the needs of Long Island EV drivers. With Long Island boasting 30 percent of EVs in the state New York, our drivers absolutely need more charging options. We’re proud to celebrate the 100th EVolve station here in Riverhead and the addition of Commack and Bridgehampton to the network.”
New York State’s Progress in Clean Transportation
New York State has a goal of reaching 850,000 zero-emission vehicles by 2025 and for all new passenger cars to be zero-emission by 2035. New York is rapidly advancing these goals through a number of initiatives, including EV Make Ready, EVolve NY, Drive Clean discount, the New York Truck Voucher Incentive Program (NYTVIP) and Charge NY. These efforts contributed to a record increase in the number of electric vehicles sold in New York in 2021, bringing the total number of electric vehicles on the road in September 2022 to more than 114,000, and the number of charging stations in the state to more than 10,000, including Level 2 and fast chargers.
Official News from the Governor’s Office.
All images courtesy of New York Power Authority.
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