New York Offers $4,000 Rebate To Install Charging Point

SEP 26 2018 BY MARK KANE 6

It’s time to install some charging points in New York.

New York is launching another incentive to support the electric vehicle market in the form of a charging station installation rebate under the Charge Ready NY initiative.

In total, $5 million is available for L2 AC charging stations at places like apartment buildings, workplaces, malls and other public locations.

The amount per charging port for public or private employers, building owners, municipalities and non-profit organizations stands at $4,000. That should translate to 1,250 new installations with the rebate funding.

The news could be an opportunity to ask employers or building owners about EV charging spots, as they can install one now for much cheaper than before.

Full press release:

Governor Cuomo Launches First Electric Vehicle Charging Station Installation Rebate Initiative for Public and Private Locations

$5 Million Available for Installations at Apartment Buildings, Workplaces, Malls and Other Public Locations Under Charge Ready NY

September 18, 2018

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that $5 million is available as part of the first rebate designed specifically for the installation of electric vehicle charging stations at workplaces, office buildings, multi-family apartment buildings, and public locations such as theaters, malls, parks and retail locations. The installation of charging stations for public use supports the Governor’s ambitious clean energy goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2030.

“New York continues to lead the nation in reducing our carbon footprint by aggressively investing in clean transportation methods,” Governor Cuomo said. “By expanding public access to electric vehicle charging stations, this program will make it more affordable for New Yorkers to make the switch to an environmentally friendly electric vehicle, resulting in a cleaner, greener New York for all.”

“We’re expanding access to electric vehicle charging stations and investing in installation initiatives to promote electric vehicle use,” Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul said. “Communities across the state are taking advantage of funding and programs to support electric vehicles, and this funding as part of the first rebate for the installation of charging stations at office buildings, apartment buildings, and other locations continues to advance our clean energy goals and help make communities greener and healthier for future generations.”

Administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, the new Charge Ready NY initiative provides a $4,000 rebate per charging port for public or private employers, building owners, municipalities and non-profit organizations to install Level 2 charging stations. Depending on installation costs and the model/make of the charging station, installers can save up to 80 percent of a typical installation’s total cost. Level 2 stations provide up to 25 miles of electric range to cars for each hour they are charging. Charging stations must be installed at one of the following types of locations:

  • Public parking lot: must have at least ten parking spaces and be open to the general public at least 12 hours per day for at least five days per week. Examples include municipal or privately-operated parking lots or garages, parking at retail locations, shopping malls, restaurants, parks, transit stations, schools and other destination locations.
  • Workplace: must have at least ten parking spaces that primarily serve a minimum of 15 employees who work at or near the lot. Examples include office buildings, universities, schools, and hospitals.
  • Multi-unit housing: must have at least eight parking spaces that primarily serve a building with five or more housing units, such as apartment buildings, condominiums and co-ops.

Chairman of Energy and Finance for New York Richard Kauffman said, “Governor Cuomo is building a comprehensive electric vehicle and charging infrastructure across the state to support the electrification of the transportation sector — the biggest emitter of carbon than any other industry. New York is rapidly becoming a leader in clean transportation technologies and deployment across the state and today, we’re making another move to get us closer to our meeting our emissions reductions goals.”

New York State Energy Research and Development Authority President and CEO Alicia Barton said, “Through initiatives like Charge Ready NY, Governor Cuomo is helping New Yorkers join the clean transportation revolution that is taking place in our state. Combined with the Drive Clean Rebate, which provides rebates for the purchase of electric vehicles, this initiative is helping reduce emissions by making cleaner modes of transportation a possibility for more and more drivers.”

NYPA President and CEO Gil C. Quiniones said, “The build-out of an extensive electric car charging network is key to getting more New Yorkers to drive low-emission vehicles and bringing New York State that much closer to its clean energy goals. Our new EVolve NY electric vehicle initiative focuses on addressing infrastructure barriers and our ongoing joint efforts with NYSERDA will help bring more fast chargers to qualifying businesses and non-profits through our workplace charging programs across the state.”

Charge Ready NY rebates can be combined with New York State’s 50 percent tax credit for installing charging stations. The tax credit is applied after the rebate amount received from NYSERDA. Charge Ready NY rebates cannot be combined with other New York State charging station rebate programs offered by NYSERDA, the Department of Environmental Conservation, the New York Power Authority, or other state entities.

The transportation sector is one of the largest producers of energy related greenhouse gas emissions in New York State. As a result, the state has multiple initiatives and programs designed to reduce these emissions and support the expansion of electric vehicles. For example, the Drive Clean Rebate initiative provides New York residents with rebates of up to $2,000 for the purchase of a new or leased electric car. Since its launch, more than 9,000 New York residents have received rebates totaling more than $12 million.

This new initiative supports the Governor’s Charge NY 2.0 initiative, which aims to have at least 10,000 charging stations across New York by the end of 2021, so clean cars can travel across the State with the opportunity to recharge along the way. The initiative also builds on the Governor’s Charge NY initiative, which was launched in 2013 and has a goal of having 30,000 to 40,000 electric cars on the road by the end of 2018.

To complement Charge Ready NY, which enables public and private organizations to apply directly for rebates, the Governor recently announced a $250 million commitment by the New York Power Authority to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles and expand electric vehicle fast charging stations along key transportation corridors and in New York City airports.

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It makes sense if the cost of charging is priced about the same as home charging.

I told the WSDOT engineer the same thing. Washington state needs to put their emphasis on L2 charging at work, but the pricing can’t be much more then the cost to charge at home. It could be as simple as just installing covered 240 volt outlets and letting folks bring their own EVSEs.

The sweet spot for pricing for public charging is more than at home (discourage abuse, limit daytime charging, etc) but less than gasoline (especially to encourage PHEVs to charge rather than just burn gas).

Why would you want to limit daytime charging? As solar penetration increases, daytime charging is the *best* option.

I was charging my 2014 Caddy ELR at a restaurant in Syracuse, NY at lunch time 2 months ago. When I got back to my car, an ONSTAR message said that the HIGH RATE of charge (3 kw) was throttled down to 1.5 kw due to the need to reduce ‘Impact’ on the Grid. So basically, my car drawing the INCREDIBLE two hair dryer’s worth of juice had to be throttled back to one hair dryer’s worth to ‘Save the Grid’.

I don’t know why they needed to limit me when someone down the street was charging at 34 times a fast for only one car (as at the SuperCharger, for instance), to throttle me down to 1/68th of what the other cars would be charging at. But Brian’s Point is obviously germane in his area since 1.5 kw ain’t very fast for an out-of-towner.

Speaking as a NYer, I have to say I’m happy to see this. I find it extremely frustrating that where I live (Rochester and the Finger Lakes), there are remarkably few BEVs. Part of the problem is the lack of nearby Tesla facilities, and much of the rest I blame on the horrendous dealer (non-)support for EVs at local Chevy and Nissan dealers. (I’ve mentioned this before on this site and won’t repeat the details, but in two car shopping episodes, in 2013 and 2018, my experience was nightmarish and did not improve in that 5-year span.)

But the poor availability of public chargers certainly doesn’t help. Hopefully at least that one issue will (finally) be addressed…

Yes this is a strong incentive to provide moderately priced charging facilities. Since the docking stations are not required to be part of an arbitrary ‘charging network’ – many docking stations could probably be installed for the $4000 cost alone – besides the fact that the 50% business tax credit is in effect for any monies spent beyond this (as I read the release). Example: 16 ampere docking stations for $300 and $450 30 ampere docking stations seem to be provided a $4000 rebate PER PORT. In other words, someone installing 6-16 ampere docking stations in a section of parking lot could be fed with only ONE buried conduit from the main building, and the 18 kw or so loading would not excessively tax most House Meters. Such stations would get $24,000 from the State – and – since I see no requirement that these docking stations be absolutely free of charge, there is nothing to say that a landlord couldn’t request a token contribution. Or, in a business setting, employees who park in a ‘charging area’ could be charged a small flat fee for parking and charging there. As a NY Stater, I look forward to plenty of additional… Read more »