Commercial, Sourcing Renewables - March 1, 2021
UBS Arena to deploy 1,000 EV charging stations
UBS Arena, the home of the New York Islanders hockey team, announced on Feb. 25 that it plans to deploy 1,000 EV charging stations to become one of the largest charging sites in the United States.
UBS Arena is working with XL Fleet to deploy the charging stations. The location is optimal because it’s near both LaGuardia and JFK, providing arena patrons and employees access to EV charging while helping meet the growing demand for EV charging in the New York metropolitan region.
“Partnering with XL Fleet to advance our electric vehicle infrastructure illustrates the groundbreaking work being done at UBS Arena to prioritize sustainability throughout our operations,” Hank Abate, President of Arena Operations at UBS Arena, said in a statement. “XL Fleet’s ability to provide a full scope of electrification services will be a huge advantage for our patrons as well as the commercial and municipal fleets in the surrounding communities who could rely on this infrastructure.”
XL Fleet plans to deploy and manage a suite of electrification infrastructure, including solar power generation, energy storage, and vehicle charging stations, and to equip and deploy fleets of electric vehicles for use by UBS Arena and the New York Islanders.
UBS Arena is being developed in partnership with Oak View Group, founding partner of the Arena Alliance, a consortium of over 35 arenas and stadiums across the U.S. In 2021, the Islanders will move to UBS Arena, which will be the first venue of its kind in New York built to achieve LEED V4 standards while featuring state-of-the-art sustainable technology.
“Lack of access to charging infrastructure is one of the top obstacles to electrifying more vehicles, and we are proud to partner with UBS Arena and the Islanders to solve that problem more quickly in the New York metropolitan area,” Colleen Calhoun, Vice President and General Manager of XL Fleet’s XL Grid division, said in the statement. “Through this partnership, we can help optimize access to charging infrastructure and scale that capacity as the need grows.”