NYSERDA Announces Completion of 11 Electric Vehicle Charging Stations in Tompkins County

Installations are First Step Toward Tompkins Becoming an Electric Vehicle Model County

July 09, 2018

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) today announced that Tompkins County has installed 11 new electric vehicle charging stations to support its goal of becoming the first Electric Vehicle Model County in New York State. The installations are part of the state’s Electric Vehicle Accelerator initiative, a pilot project to help municipalities become models for electric vehicle use and supports Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s ambitious goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent by 2030.

Alicia Barton, President and CEO, NYSERDA said, “With every new electric vehicle charging station installed, New Yorkers are finding it easier than ever to drive clean and drive electric. I congratulate Tompkins County for being a leader in making electric vehicles a cornerstone of their efforts to fight climate change and commend the County for joining Governor Cuomo’s nation-leading efforts to lower greenhouse gas emissions across New York.”

Administered by NYSERDA, the Electric Vehicle Accelerator initiative was created to help municipalities build electric vehicle ecosystems. Tompkins County is the second municipality to participate after the City of Rochester launched its pilot last year. Both are partnering with local organizations and businesses as part of the project.

Tompkins County’s electric vehicle charging stations are located in public parking areas at the following locations:

 

Location

Address

City

Cayuga Street Garage (Allpro #301)

235 South Cayuga Street

Ithaca

Brooktondale Community Center

524 Valley Road

Brooktondale

Caroline Town Hall

2670 Slaterville Road

Slaterville Springs

Cornell University - Forest Home Garage

37 Forest Home Drive

Ithaca

Dryden Road Garage

114 Dryden Road

Ithaca

Ithaca College - Visitors Lot

953 Danby Road

Ithaca

HOLT Architects

619 W. State Street

Ithaca

Sciencenter Ithaca

601 First Street

Ithaca

Seneca Street Garage

202 E. Seneca Street

Ithaca

Taughannock Falls State Park

2221 Taughannock Park Road

Trumansburg

Ulysses Town Hall

10 Elm Street

Trumansburg

 

Now that the installations are complete, Tompkins County moves into the next phase of the pilot with the local partnership disseminating information about electric vehicles at local events, hosting ride and drives, and meeting with officials from municipalities to discuss electric vehicle-friendly policies. 

The Electric Vehicle Accelerator in Rochester launched its pilot in 2017. Since then, this partnership has facilitated more than 400 electric vehicle test drives for consumers, participated in more than two dozen festival and outreach events, and secured commitments from ten organizations who have pledged to increase access to electric vehicle charging stations for their employees through the Workplace Charging Challenge.

“With the installation of electric vehicle charging stations, State Parks are committed to making our state parks more sustainable and efficient by modernizing our facilities across the state and reducing our greenhouse emissions,” said State Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey. “I applaud Tompkins County for taking on this electric vehicle initiative and continuing the momentum of Governor Cuomo’s ambitious clean energy goals.”

The transportation sector is one of the largest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions in New York State. Compared to gasoline-powered cars, electric cars are more energy efficient and cost about 50 to 70 percent less to operate per mile.

The Electric Vehicle Accelerator is part of New York State’s overall clean transportation strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and supports Governor Cuomo’s Charge NY 2.0 initiative to make at least 10,000 charging stations available by the end of 2021.

Recently, the Governor announced a $4.2 million expansion plan to install more high-speed electric vehicle charging stations along the New York State Thruway. The plan will allow electric car owners to drive the length of the state without having to exit to recharge. As of December 31, 2017, there were more than 2,200 charging stations installed statewide.

NYSERDA, the New York Power Authority, the Department of Environmental Conservation, the Thruway Authority, the Department of Transportation, and New York State Office of Parks Recreation & Historic Preservation, along with other state agency and private partners are working together to implement infrastructure improvements and consumer focused programs to help more New Yorkers drive zero-emissions vehicles.

To further these efforts, in May Governor Cuomo announced a $250 million electric vehicle expansion initiative with NYPA – dubbed EVolve NY – that will seek to create public-private sector partnerships to more aggressively accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles throughout New York State. An initial $40 million will go toward installing fast chargers along key interstate corridors, creating new New York City airport charging hubs, and establishing more electric vehicle-friendly model communities to encourage residents to transition to driving electric vehicles.

In addition, to make electric vehicles even more affordable and accessible, Governor Cuomo launched the state’s Drive Clean Rebate program in March 2017. Administered by NYSERDA, the program provides residents with a rebate of up to $2,000 for the purchase or lease of a new plug-in hybrid or battery electric car from participating new car dealers. As a result of this initiative, more than 10,000 electric cars were sold in 2017, a 67 percent increase over 2016.

In the past year, the state has also provided incentives for employers to encourage employees to drive electric vehicles, installed charging stations in public areas, and made $2.2 million available from the Environmental Protection Fund in rebates for municipalities to purchase or lease electric (plug-in hybrid or battery) or hydrogen fuel cell vehicles for municipal fleet use, and for the installation of public charging or fuel cell refueling infrastructure.

In addition, Tompkins County and the city and town of Ithaca are three of the State’s 18 certified Climate Smart Communities. DEC-certified Climate Smart Communities are recognized for leadership in reducing emissions and protecting their communities from a changing climate. The 18 Certified Climate Smart Communities represent New York's foremost leaders in local climate action.

Gil C. Quiniones, New York Power Authority (NYPA) president and CEO said, “New York has a long history of delivering EV initiatives and infrastructure throughout the state to make driving electric more accessible and affordable. Our coordinated, across-the-state efforts to significantly expand charging options will help to encourage more residents to make the switch to zero-emissions vehicles. Infrastructure enhancements, consumer incentives and EV education will all play a part in helping more New Yorkers drive clean.”

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos said, “Emissions from the transportation sector are New York’s largest source of climate-altering greenhouse gas emissions. The state’s innovative Electric Vehicle Accelerator initiative complements Governor Cuomo’s comprehensive investments in clean vehicles and infrastructure, including municipal rebates that are putting put more electric vehicles on the road and charging stations in communities across the state. These actions bolster Governor Cuomo’s nation-leading goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and ramp up renewable energy sources.”

Accelerating Southern Tier Soaring 

Today’s announcement complements “Southern Tier Soaring,” the region’s comprehensive blueprint to generate robust economic growth and community development. The state has already invested more than $4.6 billion in the region since 2012 to lay the groundwork for the plan - attracting a talented workforce, growing business and driving innovation. Today, unemployment is down to the lowest levels since before the Great Recession; personal and corporate income taxes are down; and businesses are choosing places like Binghamton, Johnson City and Corning as a destination in which to grow and invest. Now, the region is accelerating Southern Tier Soaring with a $500 million State investment through the Upstate Revitalization Initiative, announced by Governor Cuomo in December 2015. The State's $500 million investment will incentivize private business to invest well over $2.5 billion - and the region's plan, as submitted, projects up to 10,200 new jobs. More information is available here.

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