New York Earmarks $3.5 Million For Research To Accelerate EV Adoption

3 weeks ago by Mark Kane 14

EVs in New York

New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced this month the availability of up to $3.5 million for innovative research and development proposals related to electric vehicles.

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There were roughly 23,000 plug-in vehicles registered within the state (as of November 1, 2017) and sales are booming after the introduction of a $2,000 state rebate. The total number of registered vehicles in New York stands at 11 million.

The long-term goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030. With that in mind, the state will support initiatives that:

  • accelerates the use of electric vehicles
  • reduce the cost of installing and operating charging stations
  • provide recommendations on how they can be used for grid resiliency.

More in the press release:

“The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority will administer the solicitation, which is seeking proposals for research projects that show the potential impact of electric vehicles on job growth, technical advances, and the overall economy.An area of particular interest includes proposals for innovative business models and technologies to better manage the relationship between electric vehicles and the electric grid. For example, proposals could focus on:

  • How to reduce the impact of charging vehicles on the grid;
  • How vehicles can be integrated into buildings to provide backup power; or
  • How to remotely manage electric vehicle charging at peak times.

Currently, electric vehicles use power from the grid to charge. However, fully charged vehicles can also return power to the grid, which can help provide resiliency during power outages or during peak times, such as hot summer days.The transportation sector is responsible for 40 percent of energy related greenhouse gas emissions in New York State. Compared to gasoline-powered cars, electric cars are more energy efficient and cost about 50 to 70 percent less to operate per mile. As a result, New York is taking a broad approach to accelerating electric vehicle market growth.More information on funding available and instructions to apply are available here.Earlier this year, Governor Cuomo announced the Drive Clean Rebate, a $70 million rebate and outreach initiative to encourage the growth of clean and non-polluting electric car use in New York and promote the reduction of carbon emissions in the transportation sector. The initiative has already provided more than $3 million in rebates to New Yorkers for the purchase or lease of electric vehicles. For the first three months following the launch of the Drive Clean Rebate, New York saw electric vehicle sales increase 61 percent over the same time period last year. The state also launched a new electric vehicle campaign that includes the installation of charging stations and incentives for employers to encourage employees to drive electric vehicles, as well as the installation of charging stations along the New York State Thruway.In addition, the Governor announced the availability of $2.2 million from the Environmental Protection Fund in rebates for municipalities to purchase or lease electric, (plug-in hybrid or battery) or hydrogen fuel cell vehicles for municipal fleet use, and for installation of public charging or fuel cell refueling infrastructure. The state also revised regulations to clarify charging station ownership rules, and supported research and demonstration projects on new plug-in electric car technologies and policies.”

Governor Cuomo said:

“Clean cars are the way of the future, and with a tremendous increase in the number of electric vehicles sold this year, it is clear New Yorkers support efforts to combat climate change. Innovation is what drives New York and we are proud to incentivize the development of improved technologies that will create a cleaner, greener and more sustainable future for all.”

Lieutenant Governor Hochul said:

“New York’s funding commitment for research and development will help expand electric vehicle use and provide consumers with vehicle options that are both economically and environmentally conscious. The increased use of electric cars will play a critical role in helping New York achieve Governor Cuomo’s goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”

Richard Kauffman, Chairman of Energy and Finance, New York State remarked:

“More and more New Yorkers are seeing the economic and climate benefits of electric vehicles. Under Governor Cuomo’s nation-leading clean energy policies, we’re seeing even more consumer interest in these automobiles which will help us meet our emissions reduction goals.”

Alicia Barton, President and CEO, NYSERDA commented:

“Under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, New York is launching aggressive efforts to expand electric vehicle use and decrease transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions. The Drive Clean Rebate and other state initiatives have made electric cars and charging stations more affordable and accessible to consumers across the state – but we have more work to do. At NYSERDA we are expanding our focus to research efforts that will help New York better integrate electric vehicles into the grid and advance our goals of creating a cleaner, more resilient and affordable electric grid for all New Yorkers.”

Senator Joseph Griffo, Chair of the Senate Energy Committee stated:

“As a state, we are investing in emerging technology that will put municipalities across New York on the road to energy independence while helping to reduce emissions harmful to the environment. Electric vehicles is one technology that we should look at because they can help reduce emissions in the transportation sector over time, while also promoting economic opportunity by keeping dollars for domestic electricity and sales of EV cars right here in New York. I am hopeful that this funding will lead to new and innovative research and methods that can be utilized to help us to conserve energy and to show us the impact that electric vehicles can have across the state.”

Assemblyman Michael Cusick, Chair of the Assembly Energy Committee said:

“In order for New York State to be an energy efficient State, we must invest in research proposals to have a clear understanding of the impacts electric vehicle usage has on jobs, technical advances, and the economy. It should always be our goal to explore energy saving projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote energy saving initiatives that will benefit our environment. I would like to thank Governor Cuomo for the State’s investment of $3.5 million into research that will help accelerate New York State’s goal to be the nation’s leader in energy saving.”

Source: New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

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14 responses to "New York Earmarks $3.5 Million For Research To Accelerate EV Adoption"

  1. (⌐■_■) Trollnonymous says:

    This sounds like a big fat bureaucratic mess that will have minimal impact to the end goal.

    Just take that $3.5mill and mandate that all parking garages have 10% (shoping malls 15%) of available parking or more be EV chargers up to 10-20KW, raise the incentive to $3000, prop up key DCFC’s up to 100KW and use the rest of the funds for maintenance and repair.

    You can put a sh1tload of L2 10KW chargers all over the place with that money.

    1. Robert U says:

      You forgot the mandate that all gas stations required to have a least 2 DCFC`s on site.

      1. 2 DC QC’s versus How Many Pumps?

        @ DC QC’s would be a lot for a Small Station with Only 2 Gas Pumps, but hardly anything for a station with a dozen or more!

        Why Not a % of Gas Pumps – Must be Matched by DC QC’s? Like: “For every 4 Pumps – Must be 1 DC QC!” That does not hurt the small stations, which can be incentivised, but not mandated.

        Then Gas Station with a Dozen Pumps would need at least 3 DC QC’s!

        I think – Offer an Incentive – for Those Stations that Exceed the Minimum # of DC QC’s, and for those that Add 6.6 kW & Higher L2, along with the DC QC, with them in Equal Numbers!

    2. Spoonman. says:

      Agreed, this is incentivizing the wrong side of the transaction if your goal is EV adoption.

      1. Maybe! However – if there was some decent Highway Requirements – and City Requirements – for Signage to direct passing Motorists to Where EV Charging Stations are, then even those without EV’s would start to notice how many there are, and get the bug to go Electric!

        They Have Signs telling about Food, Lodging, and Fuel – So why not have an addition of similar signs posted showing EV Charging – How Many, What Brands of Networks, etc., and as you take the ramp – which direction & how far from the turn at the end of the ramp of the highway! then – Street Signs – telling where they are – ahead, or which side, and how far, etc., and Right (or Left) Here – for EV Charging – Signs!

        1. ClarksonCote says:

          I think this is part of the federal “EV Signage” ready and pending route isn’t it? To include EV signs just like food and lodging.

    3. MathIsKing says:

      Sorry the math does not add up, raising the incentive to $3000 is a $1000 increase to the existing NY state rebate.

      Assuming 2018 will have as many registrations as 2017 let use the provided 23,000 number it will require a lot more. Maybe we can lobby for one more zero at the end of the.

  2. hpver says:

    Nothing wrong with research. I just hope the money doesn’t go down some black hole and that they vet the applications for funds thoroughly.

    In terms of budget for a large state such as NY, this is a minuscule amount and it’s unlikely to make any difference for current EV drivers any time soon.

  3. Brian says:

    As an EV driver who lives in NY, I would much rather see this money put into infrastructure. L2 around municipal parking lots in major cities. DCQC at all state-run service plazas along the highway. Add signage for visibility, and don’t make the chargers free. The state would then have another source of revenue. Imagine that.

  4. Brian D says:

    They made a similar proclamation in 2016, and to this day, most Service Plazas along the NY Thruway don’t yet have charging. That’s a primary place they need to start: DCFC at each Service Plaza on the paid routes.

    1. Lou Grinzo says:

      NYer here, and I VERY strongly agree.

      For those who don’t know, the “NY Thruway”, as we call it, is US 90, which connects Albany in the east to Syracuse, Rochester, and Buffalo. It’s a very heavily used route, dotted with large Service Plazas, i.e. rest stops with places to eat and refuel. Putting chargers in those locations would make EVs much more attractive to a large portion of NYers.

      1. Brian says:

        Lou, the Thruway also includes a section of I-87 connecting Albany to NYC. That particular section has been covered with 50kW Greenlots CHAdeMO/CCS chargers. Time for them to expand to Buffalo.

        1. ClarksonCote says:

          Covered? Don’t they only have one or two stops on each direction at this point? Or do all plazas on that section have them now?

  5. wavelet says:

    The title is misleading, and should be changed… It had me puzzled, because $3.5M is a tiny amount for a state the size of NYS (either in population or area) for either a significant amount of chargeing infrastructure or for EV-buying incentives.

    And indeed. that $3.5M is earmarked for R&D projects only, _not_ increasing EV adoption.

    According to the PR quoted, NYS has already earmarked $70M for consumer buying incentives, as well as couple of million for municipalities to buy/lease EVs for their fleets. That makes much more sense.

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