Governor Kathy Hochul announced that New York State electric vehicle programs and an EV test track powered by the New York Power Authority’s EVolve NY high-speed chargers will be front and center this year at the New York International Auto Show opening at the Javits Center Friday, April 15, running through April 24. Governor Hochul also announced ten fast chargers, able to power compatible EVs in less than 30 minutes, will be installed at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s LaGuardia Airport as part of NYPA’s EVolve NY fast-charging network. The state’s EVolve NY electric vehicle charging network will soon have more than 100 high-speed charging ports across the state. Additionally, in support of the state’s $1 billion investment to support EV adoption and infrastructure in her 2022 State of the State, Governor Hochul invited the public to visit the state’s Charge NY booth at the Auto Show to learn about state programs that support EV purchase, driving and charging and to visit the Level 1 test track powered by EVolve NY chargers.
“Electric vehicles are key to decarbonizing our transportation system and as the global auto industry invests heavily in the latest zero-emission vehicles, New York will continue to focus on expanding our cross-state fast-charging network and incentivizing EVs, which will help us transition to a healthier, greener future,” Governor Hochul said. “I am proud to welcome the New York International Auto Show back to New York in person this year and I encourage everyone to visit the Auto Show to see how EVs are fast becoming integral to New York’s clean energy economy.”
Auto Show visitors can take a ride, with an authorized driver, in a range of EVs and explore exhibits that promote consumer awareness and EV adoption including New York’s Charge NY exhibit on Level 1 right next to the EVolve NY charging stations and the main EV Test Track, one of three indoor EV test tracks at this year’s show
NYPA is providing seven Level 2 chargers for the test track, which is available for use by any exhibitor with an EV. The Level 1 EV test track JuiceBox chargers are provided by Enel X.
Governor Hochul also announced today that 10 high-speed chargers with power outputs up to 350 kW have been approved at the Port Authority’s LaGuardia Airport in Queens. Part of the EVolve NY network, the hub will be one of the largest publicly accessible fast-charging stations for EVs in the Northeast. The chargers will be installed in a new space to be developed on Runway Drive between Terminals A and B and are anticipated to open in 2023. The chargers will serve the general public including rideshare and taxi drivers and should provide charging to all EVs, including Teslas with an adapter. In 2020, a similar site was opened at JFK International Airport. In the last year, the JFK site had more than a fivefold increase in utilization, registering more than 11,000 charging sessions.
The fast chargers will complement the 11 existing medium-speed chargers that serve customers parking in the airport’s indoor parking garages. In 2021, the Port Authority became the first transportation agency in the nation to adopt the Biden Administration’s greenhouse gas reduction targets with a plan to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 across all its facilities. Additionally, the agency set new interim targets to reduce direct emissions under the Port Authority by 50 percent by 2030.
Kevin O’Toole, Chairman at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, said, “By providing 10 new fast chargers to LaGuardia Airport we hope to provide more drivers with convenient charging options at the airport. The Port Authority continues to find ways we as an agency can reduce carbon emissions, and that certainly includes increasing the number of publicly available charging stations.”
Rick Cotton, Executive Director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, said, “The Port Authority remains committed to achieving an agency-wide net zero vision plan and today we continue that commitment with the announcement of 10 new EV chargers coming to LaGuardia Airport. With the help of our partners at the New York Power Authority, New York State Department of Transportation, and New York State Office of General Services, LaGuardia Airport will be able to provide a new network of public EV fast chargers, ultimately reducing greenhouse gas emissions and bringing us closer to a clean energy future.”