New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced an extensive investment program for e-mobility. The ‘EV Make Ready’ initiative includes the construction of 50,000 AC and 1,500 DC charging stations in the US state by 2025.
According to the communication, a total of around 1.5 billion dollars will be invested. In addition, 48.8 million dollars from the diesel scandal settlement with Volkswagen will be used to finance electric public transport and school buses and charging infrastructure for this purpose. On Long Island alone, according to the plans published on the governor’s website, 4,650 new charging points are planned by 2025 to provide electricity for 180,000 new electric vehicles.
The state will not build and operate the charging points itself. Through a “cost-sharing program,” energy providers and charging station operators are to be encouraged to “place the charging infrastructure for electric vehicles in locations that provide maximum benefit to consumers. The charging stations should also support the decarbonisation of heavy goods traffic. This week, 15 states – including New York – and the District of Columbia joined forces to jointly promote the market for electric medium and heavy duty vehicles. The goal is to make this segment emission-free by 2050.
“Through initiatives like the ‘EV Make Ready’ program, we are building out the infrastructure that is necessary to support the electrification of our transportation sector, while ensuring that every New Yorker can share in the benefits of this transition including cleaner air and new, well-paying jobs,” Cuomo said.