New York is investing $4.2 million to expand fast charging electric vehicle (EV) stations along the state’s thruway system.
The new chargers will be an extension of an existing trial program that included the installation of fast chargers at four service areas in Ulster County. Additional chargers will be installed at 23 more service areas over the next several years. The New York State Thruway Authority is partnering with the New York Power Authority to install the new stations, as part of the Charge NY 2.0 EV initiative.
“By investing in the expansion of EV charging stations, this administration is working to reduce gas-powered vehicle emissions while making significant strides to establish a cleaner, greener New York for all,” Governor Cuomo said in a statement.
New York has about 2,000 public EV charging stations statewide, according to the governor’s office.
The first phase of the expansion project will see the installation of two Level 2 charging stations at 13 thruway-owned commuter parking lots. Level 2 chargers take four to eight hours to charge. In addition, Level 3 fast chargers will be installed at nine thruway service areas. Level 3 chargers can charge an EV in about 30 minutes.
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