Expansion of Charging Infrastructure in the U.S.
2018-11-29 15:07 Thursday
In the U.S., sales of fully electric vehicles have surged ahead of plug-in hybrids, outpacing them by almost one third in the third quarter of 2018, according to recent market data. In the coming months, purely battery-powered vehicles are expected to overtake hybrids that don't plug in at all.
To spur electric car sales and leasing, New York State has unveiled a range of incentive policies, including new charging stations and a continuation of purchase rebates for car buyers. New York is one of several states that offer purchase incentives for electric cars, in addition to an existing $7,500 federal tax credit. Residents will be eligible to receive $2,000 for purchasing or leasing a new electric car. The state claims to have already approved more than 11,000 rebates, totaling more than $15 million.
Promoting electric cars is part of an overall effort by New York to reduce carbon emissions to 40% of its 1990 levels by 2030. The plan for more charging stations is the most significant part of the program. The New York Power Authority (NYPA) will install 200 150-kilowatt DC fast-charging stations at 32 locations across the state. Charging sites will be installed at an average of 75 miles apart. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo hopes to have 10,000 charging stations in operation by 2021. The goal is to have enough coverage so that electric car drivers will be able to travel easily throughout the state.
It is widely believed that state-level incentives and expansion of charging infrastructure can help encourage more consumers to buy or lease electric vehicles, and will become more important if the federal government withdraws its support. While the Empire State has adopted California's stricter emissions standards, it hasn't adopted the state's zero-emission vehicle mandate, which requires all automakers to sell battery-electric or hydrogen fuel-cell cars.