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New York governor launches charging station rebate initiative

The new initiative will provide a US$4,000 rebate for most chargers installed across New York

Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo has announced that US$5 million is available as part of the first rebate designed specifically for the installation of electric vehicle charging stations at workplaces, office buildings, multi-family apartment buildings, and public locations such as theatres, malls, parks and retail locations.

The installation of charging stations for public use supports the governor’s ambitious clean energy goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030.

“New York continues to lead the nation in reducing our carbon footprint by aggressively investing in clean transportation methods,” Cuomo said. “By expanding public access to electric vehicle charging stations, this programme will make it more affordable for New Yorkers to make the switch to an environmentally friendly electric vehicle, resulting in a cleaner, greener New York for all.”

“We’re expanding access to electric vehicle charging stations and investing in installation initiatives to promote electric vehicle use,” Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul said. “Communities across the state are taking advantage of funding and programmes to support electric vehicles, and this funding as part of the first rebate for the installation of charging stations at office buildings, apartment buildings, and other locations continues to advance our clean energy goals and help make communities greener and healthier for future generations.”

Administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, the new Charge Ready NY initiative provides a US$4,000 rebate per charging port for public or private employers, building owners, municipalities and non-profit organisations to install Level 2 charging stations.

Depending on installation costs and the model/make of the charging station, installers can save up to 80% of a typical installation’s total cost. Level 2 stations provide up to 25 miles of electric range to cars for each hour they are charging.

New York State Energy Research and Development Authority president and CEO Alicia Barton said: “Through initiatives like Charge Ready NY, Governor Cuomo is helping New Yorkers join the clean transportation revolution that is taking place in our state. Combined with the Drive Clean Rebate, which provides rebates for the purchase of electric vehicles, this initiative is helping reduce emissions by making cleaner modes of transportation a possibility for more and more drivers.”

Charge Ready NY rebates can be combined with New York State’s 50% tax credit for installing charging stations. The tax credit is applied after the rebate amount received from NYSERDA. Charge Ready NY rebates cannot be combined with other New York State charging station rebate programmes offered by NYSERDA, the Department of Environmental Conservation, the New York Power Authority, or other state entities.

The transportation sector is one of the largest producers of energy related greenhouse gas emissions in New York State. As a result, the state has multiple initiatives and programmes designed to reduce these emissions and support the expansion of electric vehicles.

For example, the Drive Clean Rebate initiative provides New York residents with rebates of up to US$2,000 for the purchase of a new or leased electric car. Since its launch, more than 9,000 New York residents have received rebates totalling more than US$12 million.

This new initiative supports the Governor’s Charge NY 2.0 initiative, which aims to have at least 10,000 charging stations across New York by the end of 2021, so clean cars can travel across the state with the opportunity to recharge along the way.

The initiative also builds on the Governor’s Charge NY initiative, which was launched in 2013 and has a goal of having 30,000-40,000 electric cars on the road by the end of 2018.

To complement Charge Ready NY, which enables public and private organisations to apply directly for rebates, the governor recently announced a US$250-million commitment by the New York Power Authority to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles and expand electric vehicle fast charging stations along key transportation corridors and in New York City airports.

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