Electric Vehicles

NYPA RFI seeks to identify partnerships tied to electric vehicles

The New York Power Authority on Aug. 14 said that it has issued a request for information (RFI) to identify potential public and private partnerships that will help address key barriers to electric vehicle expansion in New York State.

The RFI is intended to help NYPA gauge private sector interest in collaborating on new business and ownership models for developing EV infrastructure and services. It will also help to identify financial, technology, and service innovations in the EV space that will help to remove barriers in the marketplace.

“Private sector companies and public partners are encouraged to share information, through this RFI with NYPA, about co-investment, co-marketing and other potential collaboration efforts that will address promotion of EV expansion in the state and across the EV ecosystem,” NYPA said.

The information received from the RFI will be used for planning purposes. NYPA then intends to issue a separate request for proposals to pursue partnerships and procure services related to three key project areas: fast charger installation along interstate corridors, charger installation at New York City airports, and establishment of EV model communities.

The RFI also will help maximize the impact of NYPA’s recently announced EVolve NY program, which will allocate up to $250 million through 2025 towards accelerating the adoption of electric vehicles across the state, the Authority noted.

NYPA said that EVolve NY is a key pillar of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Charge NY 2.0 initiative, which encourages electric car adoption as it brings the state closer to its goal of installing at least 10,000 charging stations by the end of 2021. The initiative also helps accelerate Cuomo's Reforming the Energy Vision strategy to build a cleaner, more resilient and affordable energy system.

The first phase of EVolve NY commits $40 million to address existing market barriers and financing gaps that are projected to impede development of DC fast chargers and develop an ecosystem that makes EV’s “the easy choice” for customers by the end of 2019, NYPA said.

Other potential barriers include a lack of consumer awareness and regulatory issues such as demand charges and lack of incentives for installation of charging stations.

Gil Quiniones, president and CEO of NYPA, in June discussed the EVolve NY program and NYPA EV activities at Greentech Media’s Grid Innovation Summit.

To access the RFI, visit NYPA’s Procurement webpage and look for Q18-6501MH EVolve NY – Public/Private Partnerships to Accelerate the Electric Vehicle Market.

Responses to the RFI will be due by Aug. 31, 2018.