The New York Power Authority and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority on Wednesday unveiled the first of 100 planned installations they’re partnering on to charge electric vehicles statewide, part of a larger effort, Charge NY, that seeks to encourage more electric vehicles and the infrastructure to support them. The new installation is at the Albany International Airport, and includes three charging stations in the long-term parking lot and three in the airport’s parking garage.
The two agencies plan more installations at commuter rail stations, airports and workplaces. A $1.6 million grant will pay for the 100 installations, including the installation at Albany’s airport. The Albany County Airport Authority will cover the cost of electricity for the first two years, estimated to be about two dollars to three dollars per car charge. Motorists will pay only the airport’s standard parking fee.
Airport CEO John O’Donnell said usage would be monitored. “If we need more (stations), we’ll add them,” he said.
Colonie Town Paula Mahan asked whether the airport had considered some kind of valet service that could move each car after it’s charged to free the space for another vehicle. Charging a mid-size vehicle will take about four hours, while travelers could be away for several days or more, needlessly tying up a charging station.