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Cuomo proposes 500 electric charging stations for cars

Posted 8 January 2017 at 12:00 pm

Press Release, Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today unveiled a proposal to promote electric vehicle use in New York through the construction of 500 new workplace charging stations and 69 new charging stations along the Thruway. Creating an expansive network of electric vehicle charging stations is key to increase adoption of zero-emitting electric vehicles.

“New York has adopted one of the most aggressive greenhouse gas reduction policies in the nation, and these continued investments in infrastructure supporting zero emission vehicles is one more way to help reach these goals, reduce our carbon footprint and combat climate change,” Cuomo said today. “Additionally, increasing the availability of charging stations on the Thruway will help ensure their availability in virtually every corner of the New York.”

In addition to charging at the home and workplace, the main transit routes of New York increasingly require a robust network of electric vehicle charging stations. The New York State Thruway has been essential to the vitality of the Upstate economy by providing safe and reliable travel through the Northeast. However, today’s electric vehicles must almost always exit the 570-mile highway to recharge because only four charging stations exist within the Thruway system. To promote the use of electric vehicles in New York, the Thruway Authority will install 69 new plug-in electric vehicle charging stations along the Thruway.

This commitment will increase the amount of publicly accessible charging stations by 50 percent statewide and greatly expands their coverage along the system. The high concentration and extensive coverage of charging infrastructure that these new stations provide will help ensure the entire Thruway is designated as a nation-leading “EV Corridor” by the U.S. Department of Transportation Alternative Fuel Corridors program. This action also supports Governor Cuomo’s commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent by 2030 from 1990 levels.

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