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July 02, 2014

New York Unveils First Electric Vehicle Charging Stations in Statewide Plan

New York's Albany International Airport has six new electric vehicle (EV) charging stations for airport traveler use. The installations are part of a planned statewide network of up to 3,000 EV stations slated for various public and workplace locations across New York State.

Charge times will vary depending on the size and type of car, but for mid-sized cars—such as the Chevrolet Volt, Ford C-MAX Hybrid Energi, or Nissan Leaf—charging is expected to take approximately four hours. At the Albany airport, EV drivers will be able to charge their cars without cost for a two-year trial period, after which there will be a nominal fee.

The charging stations support Charge NY, a statewide initiative launched in 2013 to help bring about greater use of plug-in EVs, lay a foundation for additional investments in clean energy technologies by the private sector, and reduce climate-changing greenhouse gas emissions. The new installations, unveiled on June 11, also support a recently announced Multi-State Zero-Emission Vehicle Action Plan, in which New York and seven other state participants seek to put 3.3 million zero-emission cars on U.S. roads by 2025. See the news release from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority news release.