New York to expand electric-vehicle charging stations
The New York State Public Service Commission recently approved the expansion of its direct current fast-charging infrastructure program, which makes fast-charging plugs at newly constructed charging stations eligible for an incentive.
Qualifying stations must include a standardized plug of equal or greater charging capability as the other plugs being installed.
Earlier this year, the commission approved an initiative to make nearly 1,075 new, publicly accessible fast-charging plugs eligible for annual incentives. The state maximum is $31.6 million.
“Electric vehicle deployment will play a key role in meeting the dramatic carbon reduction goals set forth in the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act,” John B. Rhodes, commission chairman, said. “We must electrify the transportation sector to achieve a carbon-neutral economy.”
Currently, there are more than 4,000 electric-vehicle charging stations in New York. ChargePoint operates most of the charging stations followed by Tesla.
Tesla builds and operates its own network of charging stations and operates them for customers. When a customer purchases a Tesla vehicle, the buyer is also investing in the charging network. The commission officially recognized this fact at its meeting but denied Tesla’s request for its proprietary technology to be eligible for the incentives.