Providing a New Hub for Fast-Charging EV Chargers

December 04, 2020 by Stephanie Leonida

New York State announced the installation of another charging hub in a new location in Jefferson County for charging any electric vehicle.

The New York Power Authority (NYPA) has brought forward an initiative to make electrical vehicle charging accessible to anyone with any type of EV. The initiative involves the implementation of a statewide EVolve NY charging network. 

This network will see 200 EV chargers installed in 50 locations in the New York State area so that people can have easy access to faster, more reliable, and affordable charging for their vehicles. The NYPA initiative is part of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s statewide clean energy goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions emitted from transport vehicles in the North of the US. The initiative looks to encourage the wider adoption of EVs. Late last month New York State revealed the successful installation of the first Direct Current Fast Charger (DCFC) hub in Jefferson County. 


The NYPA push on with its EVolve NY initiative to promote EV market adoption and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Image used courtesy of New York State 
The NYPA push on with its EVolve NY initiative to promote EV market adoption and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Image used courtesy of New York State 


EVolve NY

EVolve NY is a $250 million initiative that was launched by the NYPA in 2018. In September this year, the NYPA’s very first Evolve NY hub was installed in LaGrangeville in the Mid-Hudson Valley. EV owners will be able to charge their vehicles in 15 to 30 minutes with a charging service that is available 24/7. Within the New York State, 200 chargers will eventually become accessible to all travelers and will be installed within 50-mile intervals of each other (on average). At each location, four chargers will be available for use and will be easily accessible from highway exits and in key urban areas. Pricing for charging will be at $0.35 per kWh of electricity delivered to any given EV with most sessions costing below $30. 


EV Charging For Everyone

A four-charger hub was installed in the parking lot of Hilton Garden Inn, 1242 Arsenal St. and provides the first fast charger over 50kW offering non-proprietary charging so that all types of EVs can be charged. This is unlike Supercharger sites that can only charge Tesla vehicles. 

In a recent news release, Scott Gray, chairman of the Jefferson County Legislature shared his thoughts: “We are excited to welcome a fast charging station to Jefferson County in the quest for clean energy. It will complement our Level 2 dual port charging station at the Jefferson County office building downtown. As more stations become prevalent, quick and convenient it will be more appealing to drive clean energy and environmentally friendly electric vehicles and protect our environment for the next generation.”


Image used courtesy of Pixabay 
Image used courtesy of Pixabay 

Last year, New York State passed the nation-leading Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (Climate Act). This move to address climate change along with efforts made in conjunction with the New York State Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA) and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) are helping to move everyone toward a more green future. Governor Cuomo hopes to grow the installation of EV chargers to up to 50,000 by 2025 as part of his “Make Ready” program. 

In the same news release director of ABB’s EV Infrastructure business in North America, Bob Stojanovic said: “Installing ABB’s industry-leading Terra HP high power chargers in communities like Watertown is essential to connecting New York's electric vehicle infrastructure.” Stojanovic added that “well-planned high-power charging sites like these are exactly what is needed to drive and support mass EV adoption, by enabling corridor travel for every electric vehicle on the road.”