ChargePoint, Inc. unveiled the first of more than 80 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations it will install around New York at The Solaire in Battery Park City earlier this month.
It is ChargePoint’s first installation of what will be part of a “significantˮ NYSERDA EV charging station investment.
The Solaire, developed in 2003 by the Albanese Organization is the nation’s first LEED Gold-certified residential building. ChargePoint is the largest network of EV charging stations in the world, with more than 11,000 charging spots installed.
“Upgrading the city’s EV infrastructure to new, universal ChargePoint chargers is imperative to the future success of a sustainable society,ˮ said Russell Albanese, chairman of the Albanese Organization.
“By working with ChargePoint and NYSERDA to bring new chargers to our LEED-certified rental properties in Manhattan, the Solaire, the Verdesian and the Vanguard Chelsea, the Albanese Organization hopes to inspire more drivers to consider electric vehicles, while providing current adopters with new access to convenient charging locations.”
“The partnership of ChargePoint and NYSERDA has been an excellent example of the public and private sectors working together to make a great contribution.”
Last year, Governor Cuomo announced $4.4 million being awarded to 10 EV companies, municipalities and other entities, including ChargePoint, to bring 325 charging stations to New York.
Earlier this year, Governor Cuomo announced Charge New York, a new initiative to promote EVs through investing $50 million over five years. The program calls for investment in 3,000 public and workplace charging stations by 2018, plus other steps meant to encourage the growth of electric vehicle ownership.
“Through Governor Cuomo’s ‘Charge NY’ program, the state is taking a proactive approach to investing in an EV infrastructure that will encourage New Yorkers to transition from less efficient vehicles to electric vehicles,” said Francis J. Murray Jr., president and CEO, NYSERDA. “Given the amount of emissions produced by the transportation sector, this statewide EV infrastructure will allow the state to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels and cut down on greenhouse gas emissions.”
ChargePoint has worked with private garage owners and commercial hosts to pilot Level 2 charging throughout the state of New York.
For EV drivers, ChargePoint-enabled locations are included on all ChargePoint mobile phone applications for iPhone and Android.
These ChargePoint mobile apps provide an easy way to locate stations near any specified address, get turn-by-turn directions, and start and stop a charging session directly from a smart phone.
Additionally, these apps allow drivers to utilize ChargePoint’s station reservation feature. Drivers can locate reservable stations, and then make, view, and cancel a reservation directly from a smart phone.
“New York is laying the foundation to become a leader in the United States for EVs,” said Pat Romano, president and CEO of ChargePoint.
“The majority of residents in New York City live in apartments and without this kind of public infrastructure investment, residents would not be able to buy electric vehicles.”