ONEONTA, N.Y.–N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently announced the first of five planned high-speed EV charging hubs at Mirabito Convenience Store locations throughout Central New York, Aftermarket News reports. The chain is partnering with the New York Power Authority (NYPA) on the first EVolve NY charging hubs to offer emission-free electric charging to New Yorkers. The first location in Oneonta, N.Y., is the seventh installation in the statewide charging infrastructure network.
“Public-private partnerships enable New York to build a network of fast, affordable and reliable electric vehicle public charging stations in a nimble and affordable way,” said Gov. Cuomo. “Expanding high-speed charging in local markets across the state is a crucial step in encouraging more drivers to choose EVs. By expanding the acceptance of electric vehicles and making charging accessible, more New Yorkers will utilize this emission-free mode of transportation, which will significantly reduce greenhouse gas pollution on New York State’s roadways.”
The NYPA will install the full set of 19 chargers at Mirabito stores by this fall. Other Mirabito sites will be primarily located in the Binghamton-Syracuse corridor.
“NYPA is pleased that this partnership with Mirabito, our first venture with a multisite host, will help us significantly expand our reach and make fast charging easily accessible to more communities,” said Gil C. Quiniones, NYPA president and CEO, in a press release.
The new chargers are part of the NYPA's Evolve NY charging infrastructure network being installed along key travel corridors and in urban areas to encourage the adoption of EVs. EVolve NY will install up to 150 chargers across New York state by the end of 2021, which will give New York the third-largest open-access (available to all EVs) 150kW+ fast-charging network in the U.S.
Electric vehicle charging stations have been a hot topic for convenience stores. The Fuels Institute recently released a report examining regulations that could affect EV charging growth to deliver tools helpful in the discussion of the adoption of electric fuel, as well as when to best enter the EV market. Last year, the Fuels Institute also instituted the EV Council to help retailers prepare for EVs. To read more about the accelerating EV market, read “The Future of Mobility Includes Electric” in NACS Magazine.