$29 million announced to build EV charging infrastructure

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New York Construction Report

Electric vehicle charging infrastructure got a  $29 million jolt this week, through the drive clean rebate program.

This week’s announcement added $15 million to Charge Ready NY 2.0, to support EV charger installation at workplaces and multifamily buildings statewide, as well as public facilities located in disadvantaged communities. This program can help eligible entities save up to 50 percent on installation costs for Level 2 chargers, which are ideal for locations where a car will be parked for a few hours and can provide up to 25 miles of electric range for each hour charged.

Currently, $12 million is available for charging station installation at workplaces and multifamily buildings with an incentive of $2,000 per port, and $2,500 per port in a disadvantaged community. Publicly owned facilities in a disadvantaged community are eligible for $4,000 per port. Additionally, $3 million is dedicated for workplaces and multifamily buildings that hold educational “ride and drive” community events, purchase electric fleet vehicles, or offer free charging.

“In order to truly create a more sustainable, forward-thinking New York, our state’s transportation and environmental agendas must be aligned, ” State Senator Tim Kennedy said in a statement. “This investment both strengthens our EV infrastructure and clean energy accessibility and advances our vision for a more environmentally-just New York.”

Charge Ready NY 2.0 and the Drive Clean Rebate are administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and are funded through the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and the State’s 10-year, $6 billion Clean Energy Fund. More information is available on NYSERDA’s website.

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