Governor Hochul Announces New Online Resource Center for New York's Continued Expansion of Electric Vehicle Infrastructure
New Website Shows How National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Program Funding Can Be Used Across New York State
June 3, 2022
Governor Kathy Hochul today announced the launch of New York's National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Program website. The newly launched website provides additional background on the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure funding program, and includes a short survey to collect user feedback in order to assist the State in the development of its National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Plan that will advance New York's nation-leading climate agenda. The website also allows visitors to sign up for alerts as more information on the development of the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Program becomes available. The National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure program provides dedicated funding to states to support the strategic deployment of electric vehicle Level 3 Direct Current Fast Charging infrastructure and establish an interconnected network for reliable charging.
"We cannot sufficiently reduce our carbon footprint unless we keep expanding our electric vehicle infrastructure, but thanks to the efforts of President Biden, Senator Schumer, Senator Gillibrand and our Congressional Delegation, who fought for the creation of the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Program, we have additional resources to help us reach our climate goals," Governor Hochul said. "Expanding our electrical vehicle capabilities is a key part of my administration's ongoing efforts to reduce the impact of climate change across New York State. This new online tool will not only help educate the public on the future of electric vehicle charging, but will give us additional data to plan the next phase of New York's transportation electric charging network development."
New York's National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Plan will be developed by the New York State Department of Transportation in collaboration with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. A public meeting on New York's National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Plan development will be announced by NYSDOT. More information is available here.
State Department of Transportation Commissioner Marie Therese Dominguez said, "A strategic plan for the continued development of EV infrastructure is paramount to achieving an environmentally sound and reliable transportation system across New York State. The National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Program gives us a great framework to collect data which we can use to inform where we need to increase the number of fast-charging stations along our roads, so we can continue to invest in GHG reduction and build our way towards a greener economy."
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority President and CEO Doreen M. Harris said, "New Yorkers across the State can play an important role in providing input on where EV chargers should be located as we continue building out infrastructure that makes it easier for more clean vehicles to hit the roads in our communities. This new resource will facilitate the flow of information and provide important data for our National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure program to ensure we continue to reduce emissions and transition to a healthier, low carbon, clean energy future."
National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure is a federal fund source newly created under the Federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act that became law in November 2021. The initial emphasis of the program is on making available publicly accessible Direct Current Fast Charging for passenger EVs at intervals of no more than 50 miles apart within 1 travel mile of the designated corridors, with an emphasis on locations near Interstate highway exits.
New York is expected to receive $175 million over 5 years. Before funding can be spent, the New York State Department of Transportation must submit an National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Infrastructure Deployment Plan that describes how the funding will be used to the Joint Office of Energy and Transportation by August 1.
In early 2022, Governor Hochul announced more than $12 million was added to the State's Drive Clean Rebate program to help consumers save up to $2,000 on the purchase of an electric vehicle and $2.7 million awarded to local governments to purchase electric vehicles and install zero-emission charging/fueling stations for public use to address climate change and build healthier communities. Together, the consumer rebate program and the grants awarded to 49 community-based projects total $14.7 million to advance the State's efforts to achieve New York's ambitious Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 85 percent by 2050.