The New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced $4.2 million in investment to expand high-speed electric vehicle (EV) charging stations.
The EV charging stations will be installed along New York State thruways to enable EV owners to drive for lengthy periods without the need to exit highways in search of charging stations.
The investment will also cover installation of fast charging infrastructure at commuter parking lots.
The aim is to encourage consumer adoption of electric vehicles in order to reduce carbon emissions. New York has a target to reduce emissions by 40% by 2030.
The project will be implemented as part of the State’s Charge NY2.0 by the New York State Thruway Authority in partnership with the New York Power Authority.
They announced funding will cover installation over the next two years and help the state to achieve its goal of installing 3,000 EV charging stations by the end of 2018 and 10,000 by 2021.
Since the launch of Charge NY2.0 in 2013, New York has installed 2,000 EV charging stations. The state is aiming to have 800,000 EVs registered by 2025.
The investment follows a successful pilot of level 2 and level-3 fast EV charging technologies at four Mid-Hudson Valley service areas.
The charging stations will be installed at 23 service areas to enable EV owners to fully charge vehicles within four to eight hours using level-2 chargers and in 30 minutes and less using level 3 chargers.
"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."
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.