Feds give New York EV charging infrastructure a jolt


Diane Park, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Transportation, described the plan as “a general blueprint” for the expansion of fast charging stations along federally designated electric-vehicle corridors. Specific opportunities, she said, are in the planning phase and will be subject to state and federal environmental reviews and regulations.

Under the plan, charging stations will be located 50 miles apart and allowed within 1 mile of a throughway, meaning in some cases drivers would have to exit the highway and cruise through a neighborhood to access the charging station.

The state’s DOT said it will publish a request for proposals for owners of properties along and near highways to operate the hubs. The stations will be funded through the EV Make-Ready program, which can cover up to 100% of the costs of charging stations for property owners, the state said.

The focus of New York’s initial investment, according to the plan, “will be to complement current state efforts and encourage the EV industry to build, operate and maintain” infrastructure that is reliable, convenient and equitable. Currently New York aims to build out charging sites to accommodate 850,000 vehicles by 2025.

To do that, state officials will need to create a robust vision for charging infrastructure across the five boroughs and beyond. The state began to reach out in May to utility companies, EV industry experts and disadvantaged communities to inform its planning approach. The state did not share when it expects to announce a finalized arrangement.

The federal government has green-lit plans for all 50 states, as well as Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia, to develop charging infrastructure running along 75,000 miles of interstate roads. For this fiscal year alone, the Biden administration has allocated $1.5 billion toward the effort through funds created by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which was signed into law in November.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg described the investment as ensuring that “Americans in every part of the country—from the largest cities to the most rural communities—can be positioned to unlock the savings and benefits of electric vehicles.”

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