The latest publicly available electric vehicle (EV) charging station was unveiled on Feb. 21, 2014, at Holiday Valley Resort in Ellicottville, as part of a partnership with National Grid, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and ChargePoint.
The Holiday Valley Resort location is one of more than 15 charging station located in Western New York under the program, and is one of 67 installed or planned across National Grid’s upstate New York service areas.
The $1 million public/private partnership between ChargePoint and NYSERDA provides more than 80 EV charging stations throughout New York state. Of those stations, 67 will be located in National Grid’s service area across upstate NY, and Holiday Valley is one of more than 15 stations in WNY.
Important to note is that Holiday Valley not only hosts this particular EV charging station, but will also pay for the electricity consumed at their station. The charging station is located in the parking area at the Inn at Holiday Valley.
New York has one of the highest growth
rates of electric vehicles in the country. According to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, the number of EVs in the state has risen from about 1,000 to more than 5,000 in the past year.
Early in 2013, Gov. Cuomo announced Charge NY. The program calls for investment in 3,000 public and workplace charging stations by 2018, plus other steps meant to encourage the growth of electric vehicle ownership. There are already more than 500 EV charging stations around the state. Through the efforts of Charge NY, the state expects the number of EVs in the state to increase to as many as 40,000 by 2018, and a million by 2025.
To give a little insight into how EV charging sites are selected, National Grid reached out to business owners, government officials, schools, retail establishments and entertainment venues. Hundreds of sites were researched and evaluated. Of the final tally, almost one-third of the sites are in relation to colleges or universities, giving insight into where the forward energy thinking is headed.
EVs lower the average fuel cost of transportation from $0.15 per mile to $0.03 or less per mile, reduce the environmental impact of driving and increase our national energy independence. EVs are more efficient and cleaner, and they reduce petroleum consumption to gas-powered vehicles.
ChargePoint is the largest online network of independently owned EV charging stations operating in more than 14 countries. ChargePoint provides everything an EV station owner needs to deliver turnkey electric vehicle charging services in their parking lots. For drivers, ChargePoint provides state-of-the-art features including the ability to locate, reserve and navigate to unoccupied charging stations with online tools and mobile applications. ChargePoint locations may be found online and are included on the free ChargePoint mobile applications for iPhone and Android. The ChargePoint network is open to all charging station manufacturers. Visit www.ChargePoint.com for more information.