On November 17, the Village of Herkimer, New York held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its first electric vehicle charging station, which Energetics Incorporated facilitated the installation of with support from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). The event included public remarks from the Honorable Anthony Brindisi, Mayor of the Village of Herkimer; Bryan Roy, Project Manager at Energetics; and Dan Sullivan, Clean Energy Community Coordinator for Mohawk Valley Economic Development District.
Herkimer’s charging station is one of several stations that Energetics has helped get installed in the Mohawk Valley region with NYSERDA support. The other stations are in Amsterdam, Utica, and Johnstown, with a fifth scheduled for Old Forge by the end of the year. These locations were identified as promising sites for charging stations in the Mohawk Valley Electric Vehicle Charging Station Plan, a report that Energetics published in collaboration with the Herkimer Oneida Counties Transportation Study (HOCTS) and several county planning departments in the Mohawk Valley. About 330 electric vehicles are registered in the Mohawk Valley, but this population is growing, and many electric vehicle drivers are looking for places to stop and charge as they visit or pass through the region.
These installations are part of a broader campaign by Energetics with NYSERDA support to provide charging stations along the I-90 corridor as well as increase the use of electric vehicles. In total, 25 new dual-port charging stations will be installed in the Capital District, Mohawk Valley, Central New York, Genesee Region, and Western New York. The installations support Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Charge NY initiative, which aims to increase the number of electric vehicles and charging stations throughout the state.
“Energetics is pleased to work with NYSERDA to facilitate increased electric vehicle adoption,” said Mr. Roy. “A comprehensive network of charging stations makes electric vehicles viable for more New York residents. Every mile driven with an electric vehicle reduces petroleum fuel consumption and tailpipe emissions.”
The transportation sector is the largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in New York State. Electric vehicles help car owners save money and reduce air pollution in New York State. Compared to gasoline-powered cars, electric vehicles are more energy efficient and cost 50%–70% less to operate per mile. A large portion of New York’s electricity grid is powered by clean, low-carbon energy sources (not oil or coal), allowing electric vehicles to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and pollutants that cause smog and acid rain.
According to industry reports, U.S. electric car sales reached a record market share in 2016, growing 30% compared to 2015 and accounting for more than 1% of all passenger cars sold last year at nearly 145,000 units. There are more electric vehicles available to consumers now than ever before, with more than 40 models on the market in the United States. As of September 2017, there were more than 21,000 electric vehicles registered in New York State.
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