New York State has been granted an extra $13 million through the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Formula Program, aimed at fixing and updating its electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure. This funding boost is a continuation of the efforts under the 2021 Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which earmarked $5 billion for the enhancement of EV charging facilities across the United States. New York’s share from this allocation is expected to total $175 million over five years starting in 2022, dedicated to increasing the number of charging stations.
The initial installations funded by this program took root in Ulster County, strategically placed along the NYS Thruway to support the initiative’s objective of broadening charger access in residential, workplace, and retail settings. This move aligns with the Biden Administration’s ambition to swell the national tally of EV chargers to 500,000, aiming to make electric vehicles a more viable option for Americans.
As of early 2024, New York boasts around 10,000 EV charging stations, contributing to the nationwide count of approximately 160,000. This figure represents a significant leap from the 87,000 stations recorded in 2019. The additional funding for repairs, part of New York’s broader $2.7 billion commitment to transport electrification, underscores the state’s commitment to facilitating a transition to cleaner, more sustainable modes of transportation.
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