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USA: New York State Funded for 325 EV Charging Stations

ALBANY, New York, June 21, 2012 (ENS) – At least 325 new electric vehicle charging stations will be installed across New York State under a new set of grants awarded by the state and the U.S. government.
“With New Yorkers facing higher prices at the pump, the state is stepping up to make owning an electric vehicle an affordable and convenient option,” said New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, announcing the grants awards.

In support of the charging station installations, $4.4 million has been awarded to 10 municipalities, companies, and transport agencies. They will install the charging stations in hospitals, train stations, newspaper offices, universities and supermarkets.

“Creating an infrastructure to accommodate electric vehicles will create jobs and new economic development across the state, while reducing our carbon footprint and helping protect the environment,” the governor said.

Transportation makes up about three-fourths of New York State’s oil consumption, and nearly 40 percent of the state’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid, NYC Parks and Recreation Department, charging in Central Park, New York City (Photo by jag9889)

“Sky-high gas prices and tight budgets have left many New Yorkers struggling at the pump, but there is hope in new technology, like electric cars, that can free us from our dependence on foreign oil,” said U.S. Senator Charles Schumer, who represents New York.

“By finally making electric cars more accessible to the general public, we are taking a huge step towards giving consumers another viable and affordable transportation option, and I’m proud to have fought for money for this program from the U.S. Department of Energy.”

New York State’s electric-vehicle charging stations are supported by a joint effort by the U.S. Department of Energy and the EV equipment demonstration program of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, NYSERDA.
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