New York Governor Kathy Hochul has announced a $12-million initiative to support development and demonstration of innovative solutions that advance the adoption of EVs and their integration with the electric grid, as well as novel demonstrations of medium- and heavy-duty electric and hydrogen fuel cell technologies.
The initiative is designed to help meet the state’s goals of transitioning to zero-emission vehicles by 2035, achieving a zero-emission electricity sector by 2040 and reducing emissions 85% by 2050.
The program is administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. It is designed to advance EV charging infrastructure and reduce grid integration costs; make consumer and commercial fleet EV ownership more affordable; promote research and innovation that supports deployment of EVs as assets that can be combined with bidirectional charging, energy storage and on-site energy generation; and demonstrate fuel cell or battery electrification of medium- and heavy-duty vehicles.
Under the initiative, the state will grant awards of up to $3 million each for product development and demonstrations of technologies and business models that help reduce energy-demand peaks and that help lower the cost of necessary grid infrastructure upgrades through managed charging/discharging.
“This funding will allow us to explore how emerging technologies like hydrogen fuel cells can be used to reduce our carbon footprint and expand our state’s electric vehicle charging infrastructure,” said New York state Assemblymember Didi Barrett.
Source: New York State Governor’s Office