Lower Hudson Valley Warming Up To Electric Cars

3 years ago by Eric Loveday 7

Map Denotes Hudson Valley Region

Map Denotes Hudson Valley Region

Regions Of New York

Regions Of New York

LoHud is reporting the following electric vehicle information:

“The number of electric cars and the charging stations that serve them is growing, and it’s picking up faster in the Lower Hudson Valley than almost anywhere else in the state.”

According to the New York Power Authority, the breakdown for plug-in vehicle sales in New York is as follows:

  • New York State: ~ 10,000
  • Westchester County: ~1,200
  • Rockland County: 282
  • Putnam County: 61

The 3 counties listed are all within the Lower Hudson Valley region.

LoHud adds:

“Of some 10,000 plug-in vehicles in New York, more than 1,500 are in Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties, according to the New York Power Authority.”

“The suburbs north of New York City and Long Island are the hottest areas in the state for electric vehicles, said Adam Ruder, program manager with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.”

“The incomes of folks in the Lower Hudson Valley are more in line with people who generally buy new cars and generally are going to buy cars with more technology in them,” Ruder said.

John Markowitz, manager of electric transportation with New York Power Authority stated:

“The 10,000 plug-in cars represent more than triple the 2,800 registered in the state at the end of 2012.”

Source: LoHud

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7 responses to "Lower Hudson Valley Warming Up To Electric Cars"

  1. Brian says:

    This is older news (LoHud reported this over a month ago, and I made reference to it in another article on this site), but still exciting; I did not expect this generation of EVs to take hold there. The lower hudson valley is very hilly, and has cold/snowy winters. Distances also tend to be much longer. I know many people who have a daily commute of 50 miles or more. Try doing that in a Leaf during the winter, especially when stuck for hours in a strong snow storm.

    1. Djoni says:

      Cold is much more contraining than hill.
      In fact if you commute, what you climb is also dowhill at some point.
      So the net balance isn’t that significant as heating the car.

      Even heating with the hybrid heater in the 2013+ Leaf won’t hurt so much unless it goes down to lower than -15c°(5F°)

  2. pjwood says:

    In my experience, people commute from as high up as Poughkeepsie. Only a few higher. There are trains going a substantial length of the Hudson, regularly.

    I agree that, unless headed to the NYC stop/go, not even smaller battery PHEVs make a lot of sense. Average trips can be too fast, too far, too cold.

    1. Brian says:

      Actually, I suspect EVs to work better for those commuting to NYC by train. They will be even better if/when Metro North installs EVSEs at the stations.

      There are also a substantial number of people commuting to NJ and CT (it’s also referred to as part of the “tri-state” region for a reason).

      But yeah in general, fast, cold, far and hilly. The highest point in the region may only be around 2000′, but the lowest is nearly sea level. Many commuters traverse many hills.

  3. Westchester EV says:

    White Plains just added EV chargers – there were already a few at the White Plans train station.

    Simple level 1 would be great for commuters. No need for Level 2 and no need for designated spaces. Just a bunch of level 1, would keep the battery warm and charge up while the person is commuting, probably 10 hours from time of park to time of return.

    1. sven says:

      “White Plains dangled a particularly juicy carrot in front of commuters, allowing them to skip a 6-year waiting list for a parking permit at the train station if they drive a plug-in, said Jill Iannetta, city director of special projects. Electric car owners pay $120 a month for their parking spot, compared with $90 a month for an unplugged space.”

      Avoiding a 6-year waiting list for a train station parking permit is quite an incentive. I hope the EV parking permits for the train station were given to people who live in an apartment/condo/coop and have NO access to a plug at home, and were not given to people who own a single-family house with a garage or driveway who can easily charge at home. I seriously doubt White Plains vetted the applicants to determine if they have access to a plug at home. Also, I see no mention of a minimum AER range for the plugin in order to qualify for an EV permit. I can easily picture a home owner with a garage buying a plugin Prius just to get a EV parking permit and avoiding the 6 year wait for a regular permit, kinda like people in California buying a PIP to get a HOV lane sticker. But in this case, the PIP EV permit holder in effect ICEs the charger at the train station for the entire day to the chagrin of those who have no where else to plug in (apartment/condo/coop dwellers).

      http://www.lohud.com/story/news/traffic/2014/09/22/region-leads-charge-rising-electric-vehicle-use/16072055/

  4. Spec9 says:

    We need more combo Chademo/CCS DC fast chargers.