$4.2M In Charging Stations Announced For New York State Thruway

MAY 26 2018 BY MARK KANE 14

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced a $4.2 million expansion plan for the charging infrastructure in the New York state.

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Within two years, the 570-mile New York State Thruway system will get more charging stations to help reach the goal of 800,000 plug-ins by 2025 and 10,000 charging stations by 2021.

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Currently, there are more than 2,000 charging stations in New York state, and by the end of this year it’s expected to increase to 3,000

The latest program for the New York State Thruway envisions:

  • DC fast chargers (50 kW we believe) at nine Thruway service areas
  • two AC Level 2 (medium-speed) charging stations at 13 Thruway-owned commuter parking lots

Press blast:

Governor Cuomo Announces $4.2 Million Expansion of High-Speed Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Along New York State Thruway

Modernized Infrastructure at Thruway Service Areas and Commuter Parking Lots Enables More Widespread Electric Vehicle Use Across State

Governor’s Charge NY 2.0 Program and Expanded Charging Infrastructure Promotes More Zero Emission Vehicle-Capable Roadways In NYS

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a $4.2 million expansion plan to install more high-speed electric vehicle charging stations along the New York State Thruway. The plan will allow electric car owners to drive the length of the state without having to exit to recharge. The fast charging station expansion will enable more New Yorkers to take an active role in the Governor’s goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent by 2030 by driving zero-emission vehicles.

“New York is a leader in the fight against climate change and by aggressively investing in clean transportation infrastructure, we are taking action to lower our carbon footprint,” Governor Cuomo said. “By investing in the expansion of EV charging stations, this administration is working to reduce gas-powered vehicle emissions while making significant strides to establish a cleaner, greener New York for all.”

As part of the Governor’s Charge NY 2.0 electric vehicle initiative, the New York State Thruway Authority is partnering with the New York Power Authority to install the new fast-charging stations at Thruway service areas and Thruway-owned commuter parking lots over the next two years. The clean energy initiative will help the state achieve its goal of installing 10,000 charging stations by 2021 and further the Governor’s Reforming the Energy Vision to build a cleaner and greener New York.

Since Charge NY was launched in 2013, the number of public charging stations has grown to more than 2,000 statewide. This new expansion plan puts New York within reach of the Governor’s 2018 goal of 3,000 charging stations across the state. These infrastructure enhancements also support New York’s leadership role in the multi-state, zero-emission vehicle plan that calls for electric vehicle sales to reach approximately 800,000 by 2025 in New York.

The new installations are an expansion of a trial program that brought fast chargers to four Mid-Hudson Valley service areas – Plattekill and Malden on the northbound Thruway, and Ulster and Modena on its southbound side, all in Ulster County. Over the next several years, chargers will be installed at the remaining 23 service areas.

The first phase of the EV charger expansion project involves installing two medium-speed (Level 2) charging stations at 13 Thruway-owned commuter parking lots. The Level 2 chargers, which take four to eight hours to charge, are geared to commuters who are able to leave their cars parked during the day.

This phase also will bring higher-speed (Level 3) fast chargers to nine Thruway service areas to accommodate a wide variety of electric vehicles. Level 3 chargers can fully charge an electric vehicle in 30 minutes or less.

The additional charging stations and associated signage are expected to build awareness about the benefits of electric vehicles. A 2016 market survey showed time to charge was a chief concern for survey respondents. These new high-speed chargers will help alleviate this concern for more drivers.

Most automobile manufacturers now offer an electric car model, and more than 30 new EV models are expected to be introduced by 2021, several with a range of more than 200 miles. The Bloomberg New Energy Finance forecast predicts that 54 percent of all car sales by 2040 will be emission free plug-ins.

Efforts to Further Support Electric Vehicle Usage Across the State

In another action intended to further encourage electric vehicle adoption, Governor Cuomo also announced that the State Public Service Commission has launched a groundbreaking initiative to accelerate electric vehicle usage, expand the number of electric vehicle-charging stations, and determine how utilities can help increase electric vehicle penetration in New York State. The effort is part of a broad-scale initiative to support Governor Cuomo’s efforts to reduce emissions from the electricity and energy sectors along with the transportation sector. The PSC will consider the electric utilities’ role in providing infrastructure and rate design to accommodate the needs and electricity demand of EVs. It will also explore cost-effective ways to build such infrastructure and equipment, and determine whether utility tariff changes will be needed in addition to those already being considered for residential customers.

As part of this coordinated state effort, NYPA, the State Department of Environmental Conservation, the Thruway Authority, and the State Department of Transportation, recently submitted a request for the PSC to timely modify electric rates for electricity customers that install fast chargers for electric vehicle recharging. Eventually, under the proposed rate adjustment, increased adoption of electric vehicles, and increased home and workplace charging, could increase revenue to operate and maintain the transmission and distribution system, allowing for a longer-term reduction in electricity rates for all ratepayers.

To make electric vehicles even more affordable and accessible, Governor Cuomo launched the state’s Drive Clean Rebate program in March 2017. Administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, the program provides residents with a rebate of up to $2,000 for the purchase or lease of a new plug-in hybrid or battery electric car from participating new car dealers. More than 5,750 New Yorkers have received rebates in the past year for 35 different types of cars. Overall, most consumers received rebates of at least $1,100 for their new electric cars. This initiative played a central role in incentivizing the purchase of more than 10,000 electric cars in 2017, a 67 percent increase over 2016.

“By expanding the number of charging stations across New York under Governor Cuomo, we are getting closer to meeting our nation-leading goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent by 2030 from 1990 levels,” said Richard Kauffman, Chairman of Energy and Finance, New York State. “By ensuring it will be easier and more convenient to charge up the car, we encourage even more New Yorkers to switch to clean and reliable electric vehicles.”

“Newer cars with higher power ratings and larger batteries have made it more realistic for electric car drivers to go on longer trips – and that requires faster chargers,” said Gil C. Quiniones, NYPA president and CEO. “Drivers will be able to travel from New York City to Albany to Buffalo and recharge along the way in only 30 minutes, and more commuters will be able to charge their cars at commuter lots when they are at work. We are excited that these additional charging options will encourage more widespread use of electric vehicles and also help further the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.”

Matthew J. Driscoll, Executive Director of the Thruway Authority said, “The New York State Thruway’s 570-mile system is essential to the vitality of our state’s economy by providing safe and reliable travel through the Northeast, and with these additional charging stations, we hope to soon be one of the greenest superhighways in the nation. We are proud to support Governor Cuomo’s mission of getting more electric vehicles on the road through the Charge NY initiative.”

Alicia Barton, president and CEO, NYSERDA, said, “The addition of new charging stations at the Thruway travel plazas and commuter parking lots will enhance the electric vehicle driving experience for the tens of thousands of New Yorkers who have already made EVs their transportation of choice, and for those who are switching to EVs in ever greater numbers. Governor Cuomo’s aggressive agenda to fight climate change includes making clean technologies like EVs more accessible to everyday New Yorkers and this announcement is further evidence of New York’s commitment to making clean transportation choices easier for consumers.”

View a video about the EV public charging station expansion here. Learn more about current charging stations along the Thruway, NYPA’s electric vehicle charging station program, and consumer rebates through NYSERDA to help the state drive clean.

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14 Comments on "$4.2M In Charging Stations Announced For New York State Thruway"

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50 kW charge rates are ok this year, and so-so next year, but by the time most of these are actually installed they will seem painfully slow. I hope the design is future-proofed so that the housings and many of the parts can be re-used when they get upgraded to 100 kW or 150 kW charging in a few years. The added cost and complexity of chargers that can charge up to 350 kW charge rates may be something that makes the de facto norm for fast chargers remain in the 150 kW to 200 kW range until 2023 or 2024. Which wouldn’t be too bad, really. 10 minutes of charging at 200 kW will get you around 33 kWh or 130 miles of hwy AER.
100 stations (with 6 chargers each) that are rated for 150 kW charging are a lot better than 20 stations (with 2 chargers each) that are rated for 350 kW charging. “More” is better than “super fast” in the medium run.

What we used to call Fast Chargers, will eventually be called Adventure Chargers, I guess, since it will be an Adventure, taking a Trip and using them!

Robert, I wonder how long it will be before Joe and Jane Average will be willing to drive 300-600 miles to Grandma’s house with their 2 kids and a dog using the “fast” charging network in place at that time in the various regions of the US and Canada?
There are a bunch of questions/variables rolled up in that question, from max charge speed to cost per kWh to reliability of the system chargers to perceived security at the charge site to what regions will get a ubiquitous reliable charge system first.
But I guess the real point of the question is that as long as it is perceived to be “Adventure Charging” there will be a large subset of car buyers who won’t think of an electric car as their primary vehicle, even though the frequency with which they would be “Adventure Charging” would be very low. The system has to be considerably faster than 100 kW max charge rate, be relatively cheap and very reliable with the ability of the driver to see or check on the status of chargers.
It is going to be an interesting couple of years going forward!

For most BEV sold today and those already on the road charging on a 50kW charger is exactly as fast as charging on a 150kW charger. They simply cant accept more. And they will be on the road for 10+ years. And even with a car with higher capacity 50kW would still be a better choice if I am going spend some time there anyway shopping or eating. I dont like going out in the middle of my dinner to unplug and move my car. So building 50kW chargers are still good. And there are still lots of places to install 150kW and 350kW chargers in addition later. The most important is to have 50kW chargers spread out between the larger citys/destinations. When possible the most enthoustiastic will do the trip giving more cash flow to the chargers and charging sites and making it more economical to install more chargers. This is what we have seen in Norway latest years. Government focusing on funding 2x50kW for every 50 km or so on major roads between cities increased the sales of BEVs and the use of fast charging infrastructure. Then we saw many of the same sites increasing from 2x to… Read more »

For those not following along, this represents a delay of a year and a half, and a decrease in the number of chargers from 25 to 9. This is NOT good news. It is very frustrating. Then again, as a New Yorker, it is not unexpected of my state government.

Not to mention a lackluster 50kW rate. Have you contacted them to complain yet? 🙂

Brian, think on the bright side your getting 9 chargers:) In my state (Florida) we are not even talking about putting any chargers along our highways. Can you believe that my state is all about tourism so why would we hamper road trip tourist? I just don`t get it.

I hope they’re not like the picture above. The Thruway put some in that are only Chademo as shown. Very short sighted.

Wow. Someone needs to contact NY state and tell them they need to partner with or install the electrify America 150kW stations instead. This is pretty awful.

The only positive aspect here to me is the notice that they may change demand rate structures to not be applied to fast charging. That would in theory make fast charging much more affordable.

I guess I scrolled — W A Y T o o FAST! I did not see any visual of a Map here! Did I miss that, or is there None?

Ziv and others who commented here about 50 kW chargers being insufficient are definitely right to have this concern. The worst thing would be to install only one 50 kW fast charger per service plaza.

At this point there should definitely be 2 minimum, preferably 4 fast chargers per location that can be upgraded to 80 kW like the new BTC units that EVgo is installing.

Better yet would be to install 4 150-350 kW stations like Electrify America is now doing, and backing it up with people with a plan who are serious about running the network with top notch customer service and station performance. Let EVgo or Electrify America operate them.

Need to know the 9 locations. Hoping at least one ends up somewhere West of Buffalo, such as, Angola. Also hoping that when they say 9, they aren’t counting the East and West bound areas separately. If they are, that’s really only 4.5 locations!

Angola is in fact on the list of the 9 service plazas. Skip to about 2:03 to see a map: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s43uLXFvEic&feature=youtu.be