New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that his state will invest no less than $4.4 million to install over 325 charging stations designed to be used by owners of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles.
The project is funded by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)'s Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment Demonstration Program as well as the United States' Department of Energy.
The new charging stations will be spread out across the Empire State at locations such as hotels, hospitals, universities, bus and train stations, apartment complexes and supermarkets, among others. Many of them will be installed under a weather canopy and will be well-lit to make sure that they are visible to the public.
New York's government hopes that the addition of new charging stations will encourage the state's residents to consider an electric or plug-in hybrid vehicle when they shop for their next car.
"With New Yorkers facing higher prices at the pump, the state is stepping up to make owning an electric vehicle an affordable and convenient option," explained Governor Cuomo. "Creating an infrastructure to accommodate electric vehicles will create jobs and new economic development across the state, while reducing our carbon footprint and helping protect the environment."
A timeframe for when the first charging stations will go into service was not given.