September 13, 2013

Charge NY Program to Accelerate Use and Benefits of Electric Vehicles

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced a program under Charge NY to accelerate the market adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) and to make EV infrastructure easier to use and more “economically viable” in New York.

The Electronic Vehicle-Enabling Technology Demonstration Program offers a total of $2 million to help fund research and demonstration projects related to electric vehicles, according to the governor’s office.

The new demonstration program seeks applications from universities, research centers, and technology-based businesses and manufacturers that are conducting research in and development of EV technology.

New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is funding the program.

The program seeks to advance technologies, strategies, business models, behavioral approaches and policy ideas that support the expansion of the EV market and EV industry in New York, according to the state.

Under Charge NY, New York is making “significant investments” to improve the development and use of electric vehicles and the necessary technology and infrastructure, Cuomo said in a news release.

“This program will focus on furthering research and innovation related to EVs, so that we can make these vehicles more affordable for New Yorkers, promote a cleaner transportation source, and make our infrastructure more efficient, while also creating jobs in the clean energy industry.  As we move towards our goal of establishing a statewide network of up to 3,000 EV charging stations over the next five years, we are ensuring that New York State is prepared to welcome the next generation of environmentally-friendly vehicles on our roads,” Cuomo said.

NYSERDA is interested in projects that will study and/or demonstrate existing technologies, or combinations of technologies, and strategies that have not been applied to the market or have not been demonstrated in New York.

Examples of relevant projects include demonstrating EV charging stations sited alongside battery-energy storage that reduce the electric-grid demands from charging, and feasibility studies of new electric-rate structures or other utility incentives to help reduce the cost of EV ownership, according to the governor’s office.

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