By Ashley Hupfl, Albany Bureau
ALBANY -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced a new program to promote the market for electric vehicles and to make electric vehicle transportation more economically viable.
The Electric Vehicle-Enabling Technology Demonstration Program will offer $2 million to fund research and projects. Gov. Cuomo's Charge NY initiative hopes to have 40,000 plug-in vehicles on the road and over 3,000 public and workplace charging stations over the next five years.
Currently, there are about 640 public EV charging stations in the state and around 5,000 electric vehicles; most of those are privately owned.
"This program will focus on furthering research and innovation related to EVs, so that we can make these vehicles more affordable for New Yorkers, promote a cleaner transportation source, and make our infrastructure more efficient, while also creating jobs in the clean energy industry," said Gov. Cuomo in a press release.
Universities, research centers, and technology-based businesses will be targeted to help with research and development and will be funded by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, Cuomo said.
The program plans to make electric vehicles more cost-effective and feasible for long distance traveling for the consumer, Cuomo said.
Proposals for the program are due Oct. 22. For more information, visit http://www.nyserda.ny.gov/PON2755.