In an event on Tuesday, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the unveiling of New York’s first electric vehicle fast-charging hub located in the Mid-Hudson Valley at LaGrangeville.
A project that comes under the wing of the State’s EVolve NY program – a New York Power Authority initiative to aggressively accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles by providing drivers with quick, easy, and convenient charging options – the four new Direct Current Fast Chargers are located at Tops Friendly Markets in Dutchess County.
The New York Power Authority, or NYPA, is a New York State public-benefit corporation that operates as the largest state public power utility in the US. About 80% of the electricity NYPA produces is clean renewable hydropower. Apart from the fast-charging stations, the company also announced the launch of the biggest rooftop solar array in Manhattan on top of the Javits center.
Inaugurated on Climate Week, these four new chargers are part of a statewide EVolve NY charging network to be installed along key travel corridors and in urban areas by 2025 to encourage travelers to drive electric vehicles and help the state reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector, which is by far the biggest contributor towards the emission.
At the event this week, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul said, “During Climate Week, the announcement of the state’s first EVolve NY high-speed electric vehicle charging hub advances our commitment to reduce carbon emissions and achieve significant savings in fuel cost. As part of our EVolve NY program, this project helps encourage New Yorkers to buy electric vehicles as we establish more charging stations across the state. We are committed to ensuring New York State continues to lead in building back better, cleaner, and greener now and in the future.”
Rolled up to NY’s first high-speed electric vehicle charging hub in the mid-Hudson Valley. 😎🚗
— Kathy Hochul (@LtGovHochulNY) September 22, 2020
The new installations further advance Gov, Cuomo’s successful ‘Charge NY’ initiative, which supports electric car adoption by increasing the number of charging stations statewide and bringing the state closer to its goal of installing at least 10,000 EV charging stations by the end of 2021. Such electrification efforts, in collaboration with the New York State Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA) and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, will help the state reach its aggressive clean energy goals outlined in the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, legislation that was signed into law in July of last year.
With an aim to install 200 chargers, at 50 locations by the end of 2021, EVolve NY will form a robust network that will enable EV car drivers to travel all of New York State without having to worry about falling short on power.