New York to use $11 million in VW settlement funds to expand DC fast charging

New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced a new investment of $11 million to subsidize the deployment of DC fast charging stations. The unimaginatively-named Direct Current Fast Charger program will be administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). Its main goal is to scale up charging infrastructure in areas of the state where access to fast charging stations is limited, including disadvantaged communities.

The new initiative will be financed by New York’s $127.7-million share of the federal Volkswagen Settlement funds, and builds upon Governor Cuomo’s Make Ready announcement in July, which included a suite of clean transportation initiatives.

The Direct Current Fast Charger program will provide up to 80 percent of the cost to build public fast charging stations. Funding will be made available in specific regions through two initial rounds. Charging station developers will be selected to install at least four DCFC stations per site, at four or more site locations. If funding remains after these two rounds are complete, the program will continue to a third round. The program requires that at least 25 percent of the stations be located within half a mile of a disadvantaged community.

Applicants are encouraged to co-locate Level 2 EV charging stations and distributed energy resources, such as energy storage and solar, with the DCFC chargers. Although this is not required, proposals with these elements will garner additional points from the review committee. Funding for Level 2 charging stations is available through the Charge NY program, while funding for distributed energy resources is available through NYSERDA’s energy storage and solar programs.

Applications for the first round are being accepted through February 18, 2021.

“New York continues to serve as a national model for reducing greenhouse emissions,” Governor Andrew M. Cuomo said. “As part of our efforts, we must ensure all New Yorkers, no matter where they live or their economic status, have access to the infrastructure required for using electric vehicles. This investment will build the infrastructure necessary for empowering more consumers to choose clean, electric transportation options.”

Source: New York Governor’s Office

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