Purchase and use of electric vehicles (EVs) and installation of charging stations (also known as electric vehicle supply equipment, or EVSE) requires planning and research. Several tools can help you select the right EV for your individual needs or find locations to charge an EV.

Electric vehicle calculator

Deciding whether or not an EV is the right choice for individual driving requirements involves a number of variables. NYSERDA's EV Calculator estimates potential cost savings and emission reductions from buying an EV, based on where you live, how much you drive, and the model of EV you’re considering. It can also calculate the benefit of switching to powering your home with solar panels, which can increase the benefits of driving an EV. 

Charging station locator

New York State has many public charging stations, and more are added daily. The DOE's Charging Station Locator is an interactive mapping tool that can display available charging stations by location. 

Electric vehicle registration map

New York Power Authority (NYPA) created a map of EV registration data to inform stakeholders about the status and distribution of EV purchases. 

Electric vehicle market analysis tool

The EValuateNY Tool provides access to comprehensive data from New York State’s EV market. The Tool relies on Microsoft Excel to assemble a wide variety of data from public and private initiatives in New York State related to the EV market. It can also be used with Power BI, a data visualization application that can be downloaded free online, to create colorful graphics. This information can be used to gather market insights and develop ideas for further research

Use the interactive online version of EValuateNY at, or download the EValuateNYTool [Excel], EValuateNY Tool for Power BI [PBIX] and the User’s Manual [PDF]. For users who want to customize the data, download a .ZIP File [.ZIP] with the full relational database.

Smartphone apps

Several EV-related smartphone apps are available to help EV drivers operate and charge their vehicles more effectively. Some apps are free and some charge a fee. Many apps can be used to locate publicly accessible charging stations, while some also indicate price or whether it is currently occupied. DOE's Alternative Fueling Station Locator is available as an iPhone App at iTunesLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page.. Some EV automotive manufacturers have apps for their specific vehicles. The Transportation and Climate initiative maintains a select list of Electric Vehicle AppsLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. or search for all EV-related apps at your app store.