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ChargePoint, National Grid and NYSERDA Unveil Electric Vehicle Charging Station Project at Tops Supermarket

Duel-Vehicle Station is One of 20 Planned for Western New York Area, Funded Through Governor Cuomo's Charge NY Initiative

September 25, 2013

ChargePointLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. and National Grid today unveiled a new two-car electric vehicle charging station at Tops Markets, which was funded through a partnership with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).

The ChargePoint EV charging station has been installed at the Tops Market store located at 5274 Main St. in Williamsville, and was announced at an event attended by officials from ChargePoint, National Grid, NYSERDA and Tops Markets.

The $1 million public/private partnership between ChargePoint and NYSERDA provides more than 80 EV charging stations throughout New York State. Of those stations, 67 will be located in National Grid’s service area in upstate New York. About 15 charging stations are expected to be installed in western New York by the end of September, with another 5 proposed for the region to be installed later this year.

New York has one of the highest growth rates of electric vehicles in the country. According to New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, the number of EVs in the state has risen from about 1,000 to more than 5,000 in the past year.

"Tops is proud to partner with National Grid, NYSERDA and ChargePoint as part of the Charge NY initiative,” said Frank Curci, Tops Market President and CEO. “Sustainability and energy efficiency is a high priority at Tops and we’re always looking for ways that we can help positively impact the environment. We are pleased to be able to offer our neighbors convenient access to an efficient, alternate fuel source.”

"NYSERDA is pleased to partner with ChargePoint, National Grid and Tops Markets to help bring electric vehicle charging stations to Western New York," said John Rhodes, President and CEO, NYSERDA. "As Governor Cuomo's Charge NY initiative continues to encourage electric vehicle investment throughout the state, public-private partnerships like this help the state meet its goals of promoting more energy efficient forms of transportation."

“Thanks to this successful public-private partnership, New York continues to be one of the strongest leaders in supplying EV charging technology,” said Colleen Quinn, ChargePoint Vice President of Government Relations. “We are thrilled to be part of this national deployment and look forward to fulfilling the goals of Charge NY.”

“The collaboration between NYSERDA, ChargePoint and National Grid is a model of a public-private partnership working for New York State and the environment,” said Dennis Elsenbeck, regional executive of National Grid’s Western New York division. “Plug-in electric vehicles are more than just a new way to get around. They’re a major part of a cleaner, more efficient transportation future. At National Grid, we’re committed to making this new technology more viable and cost-effective for ourselves and our customers, and pleased to help make it happen in Western New York and across New York State.”

"New York State has witnessed a five-fold increase in the number of electric vehicles on its roadways in just the last year alone. Now more than ever, an infrastructure of charging stations are necessary to support this growing part of our economy," said Senator Michael Ranzenhofer. "The public-private partnership between ChargePoint, National Grid and NYSERDA will provide another convenient charging point to owners of electric cars in Williamsville and all across Western New York."

"Innovative projects such as these are a great way to demonstrate our commitment to the environment," said Assemblyman Ray Walter. "By bringing these charging stations to our area, we are helping to lead the way in providing alternative fuels for our vehicles. A growing electrified vehicle infrastructure is a necessary component for making plug-in vehicles a viable option."

Earlier this year, Governor Cuomo announced Charge NY. The program calls for investment in 3,000 public and workplace charging stations by 2018, plus other steps meant to encourage the growth of electric vehicle ownership. There are already more than 500 EV charging stations around the state.

Through the efforts of Charge NY, the state expects the number of EVs in the state to increase to as many as 40,000 by 2018, and a million by 2025.

About Tops

Tops Markets, LLC, is headquartered in Williamsville, NY and operates 159 full-service supermarkets – 154 company-owned and five franchise locations. With more than 15,000 associates, Tops is a leading full-service grocery retailer in upstate New York, northern Pennsylvania and western Vermont. For more information about Tops Markets, visit the company's website at www.topsmarkets.comLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page..

About NYSERDA

NYSERDA, a public benefit corporation, offers objective information and analysis, innovative programs, technical expertise, and funding to help New Yorkers increase energy efficiency, save money, use renewable energy, and reduce their reliance on fossil fuels. NYSERDA professionals work to protect our environment and create clean-energy jobs. NYSERDA has been developing partnerships to advance innovative energy solutions in New York since 1975. For more information, visit nyserda.ny.gov or follow us on TwitterLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page., FacebookLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page., YouTubeLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page., InstagramLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page..

About ChargePoint

ChargePoint is the largest online network of independently owned EV charging stations operating in more than 14 countries. ChargePoint provides everything an EV station owner needs to delivery turnkey electric vehicle charging services in their parking lots. For drivers, ChargePoint provides state of the art features including the ability to locate, reserve and navigate to unoccupied charging stations with online tools and mobile applications. ChargePoint locations may be found online and are included on the free ChargePoint mobile applications for iPhone and Android. The ChargePoint network is open to all charging station manufacturers. For more information about ChargePoint, visit www.chargepoint.comLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page..

About National Grid

National Grid (LSE: NG; NYSE:NGG) is an electricity and gas company that connects consumers to energy sources through its networks. In the northeast US, we connect more than seven million gas and electric customers to vital energy sources, essential for our modern lifestyles. In Great Britain, we run the gas and electricity systems that our society is built on, delivering gas and electricity across the country.

National Grid delivers electricity to approximately 3.3 million customers in Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island. It manages the electricity network on Long Island under an agreement with the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), and owns over 4,000 megawatts of contracted electricity generation, providing power to over one million LIPA customers. It is the largest distributor of natural gas in northeastern U.S., serving approximately 3.4 million customers in New York, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island.

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Last Updated: 12/17/2013

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