New York Continues NEVI Charging Station Momentum
Dec. 15, 2023
New York’s first electric vehicle (EV) charging station, funded by the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program, opened today in Kingston, a city in upstate New York. This exciting step is part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s Investing in America agenda to build a reliable EV charging network connecting 79,000 miles of America’s roads and highways, helps reduce the nation’s dependence on fossil fuels and brings us closer to a clean energy future.
This NEVI station opening, and the New York Power Authority’s plans to open more than a dozen additional NEVI-funded stations by the end of 2024, helps close remaining charging gaps along major state highways in the northeast. “By utilizing these critically important federal funds… our state Department of Transportation and Power Authority will create a state-of-the art charging network that will encourage more people to own EVs and help make a stop at the gas station a thing of the past,” said New York Governor Kathy Hochul.
This station and the ones planned for the near future usher in a tangible way to help New York reach its climate goals by making EV charging convenient and accessible. They also support the state’s goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 85 percent by 2050 and its requirement that all new passenger vehicles sold in New York be zero emission by 2035.
“We are excited to see New York apply their expertise in EV charging deployment to maximize the benefits of the NEVI program funding. With an ambitious goal of building 20 NEVI charging stations—each with at least four chargers—by the end of next year, the NYDOT and NYPA team have shown that they are well-positioned to rapidly deploy reliable, convenient charging across the state,” said Joint Office of Energy and Transportation Executive Director Gabe Klein.
Widespread EV adoption supported and driven by the installation of these stations enhance national energy security and reduce the vulnerability of American transportation to oil price fluctuations. The overall development and maintenance of a robust charging network supported by NEVI funds will create jobs and stimulate economic growth in local communities, while public and private investments in EV charging infrastructure will catalyze technological innovation across multiple economic sectors.
Additional NEVI-funded charging stations in the northeast will be operational in the coming months, with Pennsylvania, Vermont, and Maine having already broken ground. In total, twenty-nine states have issued solicitations to build public charging stations, and of these more than a dozen have awarded contracts or secured construction agreements.
The Joint Office of Energy and Transportation worked with all 50 states, Washington D.C., and Puerto Rico to ensure the success of the NEVI program, which is now bringing the Administration’s vision to fruition.
NEVI is a concerted effort to ensure the EV future of tomorrow is thoughtfully planned, efficiently built, and meets the needs of all Americans, regardless of where they live.