National Grid at forefront of EV charging

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A $1 million award from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is allowing National Grid to launch the first of many electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in the state.

An EV charging station. Credit: Oregon Department of Transportation/ Wikimedia Commons

New York Governor's "Charge NY" plan requires ramping up investments in EV charging stations around the state, and Nation Grid is the only investor-owned utility on the East Coast that has commitment to this type of EV infrastructure.

Charge NY is intended to encourage and accommodate consumers in the purchase of electric vehicles with the development of an EV charging infrastructure. Of 80 EV charging stations throughout New York, 67 will be located in National Grid's service territory. The first charging station, located at the Homewood Suites on Wolf Road in Colonie, will charge two cars at once.

The number of EVs in the state has tripled in the past year with nearly 4,000 currently registered, according to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles. Subsequently, New York has one of the highest EV growth rates in the country and is laying the foundation to be the largest EV market on the East Coast. Charge NY will invest $50 million over the next five years, in part, to install 3,000 public and workplace charging stations by 2018, as well as other investments to encourage the growth of EV ownership. The state expects the number of EVs in the state to increase to as many as 40,000 by 2018, and a million by 2025.

"Plug-in electric vehicles are more than just a new way to get around. They're a major part of a cleaner, more efficient transportation future," said Bill Flaherty, regional executive of National Grid's Eastern New York division. "At National Grid, we're committed to making this new technology more viable and cost-effective for ourselves and our customers..."

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