Empire State EV owners should see their range anxiety steadily receding. Charging station manufacturer Coulomb Technologies announced this week that it has partnered with power provider National Grid to extend Coulomb’s ChargePoint Network throughout New York State. The company received a million bucks in funding (part of a promised $4.4 million) from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to install 160 new charging ports.
“We are proud to receive this funding for such an important infrastructure project in New York State,” said Coulomb CEO Pat Romano. “We look forward to working closely with the leaders in New York to pursue our common goal of EV adoption while simultaneously promoting economic and environmental benefits. This program will place 80 percent of the ChargePoint stations in upstate New York. This will directly address the need to provide ubiquitous EV infrastructure that will allow drivers to be able to travel from New York City to Albany to Buffalo and all points in between.”
The ChargePoint Network, which allows drivers to locate and reserve chargers using a smart phone, is the largest network of public EV charging stations in New York. National Grid delivers electricity and natural gas to 1.6 million customers in the upstate region.
“National Grid is committed to providing reliable electric service and promoting innovative and efficient uses of energy,” said utility exective Ken Daly. “Electric vehicles are one viable alternative fuel option we have at our disposal today. This is a great example of how public and private entities can work together to find innovative solutions. We are proud to be partners with Governor Cuomo, NYSERDA and Coulomb in making electric charging stations easier to access throughout New York State.”