More Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Coming to Southern Tier, Western New York
In a press release on Monday, New York State Governor Kathy Hochul announced that a dozen new electric vehicle fast chargers have been added to Interstate 86 and Route 17 from the Southern Tier to Western New York.
According to the press release, the new charges will make one of the State's "fast charging deserts" more accessible to electric vehicles, which are growing in popularity and may be the only kind of new car you can buy in the near future. There are now more than 10,000 electric vehicle charging stations in New York and as of 2021, there are approximately 120,000 electric vehicles on the road in New York.
Fast charging stations can recharge most of an electric vehicle's battery capacity in as little as 20 minutes, notably slower than the amount of time it takes to refuel with gas which only makes the need for additional electric charging stations more dire.
Fast charging stations are a critical infrastructure goal for Governor Hochul in her plan to make all vehicles sold in New York zero-emission by 2035. Over $1 billion will be invested in zero-emission cars and trucks over the next five years alone.
"New York State is charging forward toward a greener and cleaner future by making electric vehicles more accessible to everyone," said Governor Hochul. "These new charging stations are sited along the most traveled corridor in the southern region, which will be pivotal towards encouraging drivers in the Southern Tier and Western New York to make the transition to greener vehicles."
The new fast charging sites are located in Jamestown, Salamanca and Bath, and additional stations will be added to Olean, Friendship, Castle Creek and Hancock.