Rochester

Government agencies and stakeholders in the energy industry in New York are lifting their focus in electric vehicles to achieve the state’s sustainable goals.

New York State has plans to reduce carbon emissions by 40% by 2030.

The New York Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the Electrification Coalition, and Energetics have reached an agreement with the City of Rochester and five organisations to expand EV charging infrastructure for employees.

“Employees with access to workplace charging are much more likely to consider driving an electric vehicle,” said Bryan Roy, Program Manager of Energetics.

The city of Rochester will help the five organisations (Dixon Schwabl, Larsen Engineers, Nazareth College, Rochester Institute of Technology, and SunCommon NY) to expand EV charging portfolios under the EV Accelerator initiative, a pilot currently under implementation to scale up EV adoption in Rochester.

The five organisations will participate in assessment surveys which will be used to develop site plans to determine potential locations for EV charging stations.

To date, the five organisations combined have 30 EV charging stations.

Since the launch of the EV Accelerator initiative, the city of Rochester has developed 12 EV chargers, bought six EVs to increase the number to ten and has hosted 300 EV test drives for consumers during outreach programmes and festivals.

Bob Duffy, CEO of Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce, added that his organisation “...is committed to helping our members stay on the cutting edge of innovation and sustainability in today’s competitive world. Workplace charging allows employers to increase the convenience and affordability of driving electric for their employees, which plays a role in attracting and retaining top talent. Rochester Chamber is pleased to co-host the “Passport to Workplace Charging” event, which will provide valuable resources and tools for evaluating needs and planning for this modern amenity,” .

Increasing EVs on the road will help the transport industry, contributor of more than 40% of the carbon emitted in New York, to reduce its footprint.

In addition, EVs will help drivers to save as their operational cost is between 50 to 70% less compared to gasoline cars per mile.

The deal is expected to help the state to achieve a target set by Governor Cuomo to have at least between 30,000 and 40,000 EVs on the road by the end of 2018 and develop at least 10,000 EV charging stations by 2021 under the Charge NY 2.0 initiative.