New York State Receives Federal Funding for EV Charging - Smart Energy Decisions

Distributed Energy Resources, GHG Emissions  -  January 16, 2024

New York State Receives Federal Funding for EV Charging

Governor Kathy Hochul announced that New York state received $15 million in federal funding to build out electric vehicle charging. 

The Charging and Fueling Infrastructure Grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will improve access to charging infrastructure and clean transportation in small- to medium-sized cities, state parks and other tourist destinations, such as hotels and other areas, to continue expanding the availability of charging across the state.

“Reducing transportation emissions and transitioning to electric vehicles is key to meeting our nation-leading climate goals,” Governor Hochul said in a statement. “New York State is accelerating access to strategically placed EV infrastructure as we continue to advance clean, healthy transportation options. This funding from the Biden Administration will ensure residents and visitors alike have the latest charging technologies available to suit the needs of all travelers and communities across the state.”

This award was issued in response to an application submitted by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration.

NYSERDA will partner with the New York State Office of General Services, New York State Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation, and Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) in New York State and other planning councils to administer the grant funds for a community-focused program aimed at filling key gaps in charging infrastructure while matching sites with the most cost-effective and location-appropriate charging types. 

The charging infrastructure types funded under this program include Direct Current Fast Chargers (DCFC) which are best for quick charging and Level 2 chargers which are suitable for charging over longer periods.

NYSERDA plans to launch competitive solicitations for projects that are consistent with the goals of the award, which include:

  • Level 2 charging stations at more than 200 locations, including state parks, hotels, additional tourist destinations, state office buildings, and municipal parking lots throughout the state. NYSERDA will issue a solicitation for potential tourist and municipal sites to finalize the locations of charging stations to be installed.
  • DCFC chargers in up to six small- to medium-sized cities focusing regionally on Long Island, in the Hudson Valley, and in the Southern Tier. The cities selected will include New York State-designated disadvantaged communities and a large proportion of multi-family homes within their jurisdictions. 


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