Electric Vehicles

Cuomo, NYPA unveil $250 million for EV expansion

New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on May 31 announced a new $250 million electric vehicle expansion initiative, Evolve NY, with the New York Power Authority (NYPA).

In addition to state funding, the program will also seek to create private sector partnerships through 2025 to aggressively accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles throughout New York State.

NYPA notes that it “will be launching several new innovative initiatives to co-invest with private sector partners, collaborate with partners on identifying new business and ownership models, and increase customer awareness about electric vehicles and charging. This major investment plan aims to expand fast charger infrastructure and make EVs more user-friendly for all New Yorkers.”

NYPA also noted that Evolve NY is a key pillar of the Governor's Charge NY 2.0 initiative, which aims to encourage and support electric car adoption by increasing the number of charging stations statewide, and will help bring the state closer to its goal of installing at least 10,000 charging stations by the end of 2021.

Over the next seven years, NYPA will commit up to $250 million and partner with the private sector and other key stakeholders to attract longer-term private investment and collaborate on programs that will amplify the Governor's Charge NY 2.0 program and address key infrastructure and potential market gaps. The funding will be awarded through the state's competitive procurement process.

NYPA CEO and President Gil C. Quiniones said, "Electric vehicles are critical to achieving New York's clean energy goals and the Power Authority is uniquely positioned to make long-term investments to fill market gaps and help catalyze and accelerate EV adoption across the state. We are looking to partner with private businesses in the EV space to help eliminate range anxiety for EV drivers. We will address infrastructure barriers while educating our customers and the public about the many benefits of driving a lower-emission electric vehicle."

The initial phase of funding, approved on May 22 by NYPA trustees, directs $40 million to be allocated into three primary new programs through the end of 2019, including:

  • Interstate Fast Chargers - Collaborate with the private sector, and other partners, to identify and install up to 200 direct current (DC) fast chargers along key interstate corridors - with a target interval of every 30 miles - and in select urban areas. DC fast chargers have the potential to charge the latest EV models in as little as 10 minutes for 200 miles of range. NYPA will collaborate with partners to determine optimal locations focusing on accessibility, convenience, affordability, and reliability of charging. 
  • Airport Fast Chargers - Leverage public and private partnerships to install DC fast chargers at or near John F. Kennedy and LaGuardia airports. With more than 20 million passenger car trips around the airports annually, an EV charging hub has the potential to serve EV drivers within a 200 mile-radius of New York City. Program features may include promoting charger use by multiple users including rideshare companies, public vehicles, rental agencies, airport/commercial fleets and potentially buses. This advance will add to the medium-speed (Level 2) chargers that are already at the airports in indoor parking garages. 
  • EV Model Communities - Partner with a NYPA municipal or co-operative distribution utility to support an EV friendly model community that includes a utility-managed charging platform to ensure affordability, reliability, and grid efficiency. The community will test and scale new EV infrastructure and service business models that will encourage more residents to transition to driving EVs. Features may include developing home and public charging "subscriptions," an online customer portal, and EV education events.

In other electrification efforts, NYPA is currently installing 400 public chargers at airports, train stations, and municipal parking lots and, as recently announced, high-speed chargers have been installed on the New York State Thruway, with more planned for the remaining 23 service areas between New York City and Buffalo.

NYPA has also partnered with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and ConEd to bring electric buses to New York City. As part of the EVolve initiative's second phase, NYPA will work with partners to further accelerate public transportation fleet electrification efforts, including working with the MTA to transition its entire bus system to a zero-emissions fleet, as announced in April 2018.