$4.2-million expansion of charging stations along New York State Thruway

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

 

  • bob

    It;s about time. Had hoped the Albany to Buffalo section would have been done sooner.
    Now I will be able to drive that section with my EV. Not sure when, but……..

  • http://nextgenfastchargenetworks.blogspot.com/ Brandon

    “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.”
    So does that mean they will install just 1 or 2 50 kW DC fast chargers, or are we talking like 4 150 kW fast chargers?? I wouldn’t say 50 kW is a faster charger.

  • jstack6

    and why will they Bill you for the Fast Charge?
    Will the Thruway ever be free since it’s been paid off for 2 years now.
    Will they start charging on RT 81 and add charging there next ?

    • http://nextgenfastchargenetworks.blogspot.com/ Brandon

      IMO it doesn’t matter if they are free or not. In fact I’d be more for charging a fee and have them really run by a company who is customer centric and serious about uptime.

      At this point there should definitely be 2 minimum, preferably 4 fast chargers per location that can be upgraded to 80 kW like the new BTC units that EVgo is installing.

      Better yet would be to install 4 150-350 kW stations like Electrify America is now doing, and backing it up with people with a plan who are serious about running the network with top notch customer service and station performance.