New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced the availability of up to $3.5 million for R&D proposals to accelerate the use of EVs, reduce the cost of installing and operating charging stations, and provide recommendations on how they can be used for grid resiliency.
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) will administer the solicitation of proposals. The agency is particularly interested in proposals for business models and technologies to manage the relationship between EVs and the electric grid, for example: how to reduce the impact of charging vehicles on the grid; how vehicles can be integrated into buildings to provide backup power; or how to remotely manage charging at peak times.
Earlier this year, Governor Cuomo announced the Drive Clean Rebate, a $70-million rebate initiative that has already provided more than $3 million in rebates to New Yorkers for the purchase or lease of plug-in vehicles. In the first three months of the program, New York’s EV sales increased 61 percent over the same time period last year.
“The Drive Clean Rebate and other state initiatives have made electric cars and charging stations more affordable and accessible to consumers across the state – but we have more work to do,” said NYSERDA CEO Alicia Barton. “At NYSERDA we are expanding our focus to research efforts that will help New York better integrate electric vehicles into the grid.”