11,000 rebates to purchase electric cars
One of the initiatives is to expand the state’s EVolve NY program, which calls for the installation of public fast-charging stations. The $250 million EVolve program calls for the deployment of up to 200 150 kilowatt (kW) direct current fast chargers, enabling drivers to charge in as little as 20 minutes. These stations will be placed at more than two dozen locations along major traffic corridors, John F. Kennedy International Airport and five major cities. The state has a goal of installing at least 10,000 charging stations by the end of 2021.
They will place four 150 kW chargers per location at average intervals of less than 75 miles along New York’s major corridors. Target locations include Plattsburgh, Watertown and North Hudson in the North Country; Rochester in the Finger Lakes region; Buffalo and Niagara in Western New York; Middletown in Mid-Hudson; Corning and Binghamton in the Southern Tier; and Islip and Freeport in Long Island. Construction is slated to begin in spring 2019.
Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Albany, and Yonkers have also been identified as sites for urban hubs. They will also be installed at approximately 15 service areas along the New York State Thruway, while JFK Airport will get 10 150 kW fast chargers.
“Addressing infrastructure barriers is key if we want people to step into EV ownership with confidence, recognize that lower-emission electric vehicles are affordable, accessible and fun to drive, and understand they’ll be able to drive across the state without having to worry about recharging,” Gil Quiniones, president and CEO of the New York Power Authority, said.
These initiatives are part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s goal of reducing carbon emissions in the state by 40 percent by 2030 from 1990 levels.
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