Electric vehicles (“EVs”) represent a future most governments are looking to. The vehicles are powered by clean, renewable energy with zero emissions at the tailpipe, making EVs the perfect vehicle for a carbon-neutral economy. However, electric vehicles are still a long way from widespread adoption, and one of the reasons consumers shy away from the technology is due to insufficient and often unreliable public-charging facilities.
That may soon be a thing of the past in New York. As part of an effort by the New York Power Authority, together with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to curb New York State’s carbon signature and improve the quality of the air, the city has launched the largest, publicly accessible, fast-charging station for EVs in the entire Northeast. The 10-port Direct Current (“D.C.”) Fast Charger Hub (“DCFC”) station has been installed and is operational at the John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens, announced New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
The fast-charging station was executed as a segment of the EVolve NY network for charging that is currently being installed by the New York Power Authority (“NYPA”) along major travel routes as well as in urban locations. The station will be available to both local electric vehicle drivers and drivers on the road to or from the airport. The 10 150kW booths charge at high speed and have been installed at the West Cell Phone Parking Lot’s northeast corner, close to the Van Wyck Expressway. The station is compatible with all fast-charging EV models currently on the road.
Rideshare drivers, members of the public and taxis as well as the EV fleets operated by the Port Authority will use this site. Thanks to four Tesla Inc. adapters, fast-charging EVs will not be hindered from charging at the hub. Additionally, NYPA has installed four 62.5kW chargers, which will be used exclusively by the buses of the Port Authority on an adjacent lot. The Authority at the Port currently boasts the largest airport electric bus fleet on the entire East coast, having 36 buses serving LaGuardia, JFK and Newark airport. The fleet also has 12 buses stationed at John F. Kennedy International Airport that were purchased while taking full advantage of rebates from the NY Truck Voucher Incentives Program.
According to a notice posted on the Cuomo’s website, the EV charging hub will aid in decarbonizing the transport sector and reduce greenhouse emissions by as much as 85% by 2050, a green energy target that has been included in Cuomo’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act.
Across the country, many EV companies are bringing products to market aimed at different consumer segments. For instance, ev Transportation Services Inc. manufactures a lightweight, commercial vehicle ideal for meter-reading teams and use on corporate and university campuses, as well as for use at warehouses.
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