Governor Kathy Hochul announced the commencement of the “DRIve EV Downtown” program, which will deliver electric vehicle (EV) rapid charging stations to revitalized and developing downtown neighborhoods across New York State. As a portion of the state’s DRI (Downtown Revitalization Initiative), Amsterdam in Montgomery County will be the first of five cities to install EVolve NY fast chargers, making electric vehicle driving more accessible to Amsterdam residents, all New Yorkers, and visitors. The initiative is assisting the state in achieving its nation-leading green power goals, which include decarbonizing transportation and decreasing overall carbon dioxide emissions by 85 percent by 2050.
“New York remains to be a national pioneer in increasing the use of electric vehicles, and installing charging stations across the state will allow more people to see the gains of attaching clean transportation projects to efforts that boost economic activity in the downtowns,” Governor Hochul said. “More zero-emission cars on the road, as well as investment and growth in our downtowns, benefit everyone. Our towns will be healthier both economically and environmentally as a result of this.”
The Department of State and the New York Power Authority (NYPA) cooperated to create Amsterdam the first of the five initial charger installations in DRI areas. Over the next few months, similar hubs will be erected in Oswego (Oswego County), Geneva (Ontario County), Utica (Oneida County), and Middletown (Orange County). The EVolveNY fast-charging infrastructure, which is offering high-speed free access charging to important places along primary transport corridors and in urban regions to boost the adoption of electric vehicles, has added its tenth facility in Amsterdam. Nearly 40 charging stations are already available across the state.
Interim President and CEO of the New York Power Authority, Justin E. Driscoll, stated, “Providing fast-charging stations in our state’s downtowns are going to make it easier for the residents to contribute to the reduction of transportation-related emissions and for municipalities to make a contribution to the state’s aggressive climate action goals. The EVolve NY charging infrastructure initiative from the New York Power Authority is a terrific fit for downtown regeneration efforts and a great method to raise public awareness about how uncomplicated it is to drive electric.”
The clean energy effort backs New York’s Climate Act (the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act), the nation’s most aggressive climate and clean energy strategy, which sets ambitious goals for reducing climate-altering greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution from transportation.
Any make or model of electric car can use the fast chargers, which can recharge the majority of battery capacity in as minimal as 20 minutes. In the DRI communities in the state’s Regional Economic Development Council regions, NYPA will fund, install, own, and operate two EV fast chargers per designated location.