New York State has made up to $3.5 million available for innovative research and development proposals to accelerate the use of electric vehicles, reduce the cost of installing and operating charging stations, and provide recommendations on how they can be used for grid resiliency.
This investment and efforts to increase the use of electric vehicles support Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent by 2030.
"Innovation is what drives New York and we are proud to incentivize the development of improved technologies that will create a cleaner, greener and more sustainable future for all," said Governor Cuomo.
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority will administer the solicitation, which is seeking proposals for research projects that show the potential impact of electric vehicles on job growth, technical advances, and the overall economy.
An area of particular interest includes proposals for innovative business models and technologies to better manage the relationship between electric vehicles and the electric grid.
Currently, electric vehicles use power from the grid to charge. However, fully charged vehicles can also return power to the grid, which can help provide resiliency during power outages or during peak times, such as hot summer days.
The transportation sector is responsible for 40 percent of energy related greenhouse gas emissions in New York State. Compared to gasoline-powered cars, electric cars are more energy efficient and cost about 50 to 70 percent less to operate per mile. As a result, New York is taking a broad approach to accelerating electric vehicle market growth.
As of November 1, there were about 23,000 electric vehicles registered in New York. Funding for this initiative is available through the State's Clean Energy Fund.
More information on funding available and instructions to apply are available here.