Learn the basics about how electric vehicles (EVs) and electric vehicle charging station technology are used in New York State.

Comparing electric vehicles

Various types of EVs are available to fit different driving requirements. Some EVs use a gasoline or diesel engine to provide power when the battery is depleted, but all reduce petroleum consumption by using electric power stored in batteries. Several EV models are available in New York State and more will be offered soon.

Plugging in

EV drivers have various options available to plug in and charge their batteries. EV charging stations are affordable and convenient. For the majority of users, all of their charging needs can be fulfilled at home. Residential charging stations can be purchased from local retailers and installed by qualified electricians in garages or outdoors.

Public charging stations are available across New York State to recharge EVs while drivers are at work, shopping, or at other destinations. Commercial charging stations are generally more robust and expedite vehicle charging when time is limited.


Benefits of driving an EV extend to both the driver and their community with regard to economics and the environment. EVs often achieve fuel economy ratings equivalent to around 100 miles per gallon of gasoline.

Support and discounts for New Yorkers

Federal and statewide incentives are available on both vehicles and charging stations to reduce the initial purchase cost. EV drivers are also eligible for discounts on tolls or home electricity rates and may qualify for other perks, such as access to high occupancy lanes.

New York State's electric vehicle programs

Programs support EV use and charging station installation across New York State in various municipalities. Increasing EV readiness means more drivers have access to this cleaner and more efficient transportation technology.