New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced a $4.2-million plan to install more EV charging stations along the New York State Thruway. When the network is complete, EV owners will be able to drive the length of the state without having to exit to recharge.
The new installations are an expansion of a trial program that brought fast chargers to four Mid-Hudson Valley service areas. Over the next several years, chargers will be installed at the remaining 23 service areas.
In the first phase of the expansion project, two Level 2 charging stations will be installed at each of 13 Thruway-owned commuter parking lots. This phase will also add DC fast chargers to nine Thruway service areas.
“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 New York Power Authority CEO Gil C. Quiniones. “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.”
Source: New York Power Authority