Governor Hochul: Free EV Fast Charging at EVolve NY Sites for 4th of July Weekend

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Governor Kathy Hochul has announced that the New York Power Authority will offer free charging at all EVolve NY Direct Current Fast Chargers across the state from July 1 through July 5 to encourage emissions-free electric vehicle driving over the high-travel Independence Day holiday weekend. The EVolve NY network hosts nearly 100 chargers along key travel corridors throughout the state. The holiday weekend promotion’s goal is to inspire more New Yorkers to adopt electric vehicle driving and drive cleaner. Free fast charging began at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, July 1, and will end on 11:59 p.m., Tuesday, July 5.

“My administration remains laser-focused on making continuous investments in green energy to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and this free charging holiday is a celebration of that commitment,” Governor Hochul said. “By making it easier for more New Yorkers to charge their electric vehicles and drive cleaner, we can inspire more electric vehicle adoption across the state, ushering in a cleaner, greener future for New York.”

“These free fast charging electric vehicle stations offered at Evolve NY sites across the state over the holiday week will help lower the cost of travel for New Yorkers on one of the busiest weekends of the year,” Lieutenant Governor Antonio Delgado said.  “We are hopeful that these free charging stations will help encourage more New Yorkers, and travelers from other states, to turn to energy-efficient, emission-free vehicles and provide a cleaner environment for our children.”

To charge free this holiday weekend, New Yorkers and travelers can drive up to an EVolve NY fast charger, plug in, and just hit the start button on the charger screen.

Through its EVolve NY program, New York Power Authority has installed nearly 100 high speed chargers along New York State’s major travel corridors, from Buffalo to Albany and from the Adirondacks to Long Island. The program’s goal is to make it significantly easier for New Yorkers to drive in any direction across the state and find fast chargers so they can power up and get back on the road quickly. Any battery-powered EV equipped with fast charging capability can charge up at an EVolve NY fast charger in as little as 20 minutes, including Tesla cars with an adapter. More information on EVolve NY fast chargers can be found on the program’s webpage.

New York Power Authority Interim President and CEO Justin E. Driscoll said, “New York Power Authority is proud to offer complimentary fast charging throughout the EVolve NY network this holiday weekend. Through EVolve NY, the New York Power Authority is making owning an EV in New York the easy, clean energy choice. Whether EV drivers are traveling across New York or staying close to home to celebrate July 4, New York Power Authority’s EVolve NY fast chargers will get you back on the road in as little as 20 minutes, free of charge.”

EV owners can locate the EVolve NY fast chargers here and other public chargers using smartphone apps such as Blink ChargingShell RechargePlugShareChargeHubChargeWayElectrify AmericaEV ConnectChargePoint, Google Maps, or the U.S. Department of Energy’s Alternative Fuels Data Center, among others.

For more information about the New York Power Authority’s EVolve NY fast charging network click here.

New York State’s Clean Transportation Advances

Governor Hochul has set a goal for all new passenger cars and trucks sold in New York to be zero-emissions by 2035. Additionally, in this year’s State of the State address, Governor Hochul proposed that all school buses be zero emissions by that same year. New York State has an interim goal of reaching 850,000 zero-emission vehicles by 2025.

New York is rapidly advancing these goals through a range of initiatives including EV Make Ready, the EVolve NY fast charging network, the Drive Clean Rebate, the New York Truck Voucher Incentive Program and Charge NY. These efforts have contributed to a record increase in the number of electric vehicles sold in New York in 2021, bringing the total number of EVs on the road as of May 2022 to approximately 103,000, and the number of charging stations in the state to more than 10,000.

New charging installations are further supported by the Governor’s “Make Ready” program, which uses funding from investor-owned utilities to reach a goal of deploying more than 50,000 chargers by 2025. Such electrification efforts, in collaboration with NYSERDA and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and other state and industry partners, will help the state reach its aggressive clean energy goals as outlined in the state’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act.

Today New York State hosts more than 970 public fast chargers at 228 locations. They range in speed from 25kW to 350kW and have varying charging times. More than 600 are Tesla-only chargers.

Official news from the Office of the Governor, New York State.

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