Governor Cuomo Announces New High-Speed Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Coming to Stewart’s Shops in Capital Region and Adirondacks
Construction Starting in Schodack, First of Five Stewart’s EV Charging Sites to Be Installed by 2022
Stewart’s Chargers: Latest Milestone in New York Power Authority’s EVolve NY Initiative to Install 150 Fast Chargers Across New York This Year, Advancing State’s Clean Energy Goals
New York (STL.News) Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that construction began this week on the first of five new high-speed electric vehicle charging stations at Stewart’s Shops in the Capital and Adirondacks regions. The New York Power Authority, which is managing the installation of New York State’s EVolveNY electric vehicle fast charging network, will complete the initial location, 13 miles southeast of Albany in Schodack, in Rensselaer County, by September. The Schodack site, at 1811 Columbia Turnpike, will have three 150kW Direct Current Fast Charger stations and one 350kW charger, which is capable of charging a compatible vehicle at speeds up to 20 miles per minute. Two of the charging stations will be equipped with both fast charging connectors, Combined Charging System and CHAdeMO, so all electric vehicles, including Tesla cars with an adapter, can plug in. The five Stewart’s EV charging sites, set to open by the end of 2021, are the latest e-mobility advance that will help New York State meet the Governor’s nation-leading clean energy goals, including decarbonizing the transportation sector and reducing the overall greenhouse gas emissions 85 percent by 2050.
“More New Yorkers are opting to drive emission-free electric vehicles which helps to reduce greenhouse gas pollution from the transportation sector,” Governor Cuomo said. “By working with Stewart’s Shops, and other private entities to strategically deploy charging infrastructure across the state, we will all benefit from an expanded network that will make it easier and more affordable to drive electric resulting in reduced emissions and improved air quality in communities throughout New York.”
The five fast-charging stations will offer a total of 20 chargers. The fast chargers can be used by any make or model of electric vehicle and can fully charge an EV in as little as 20 minutes. NYPA will construct, own and operate the hubs in coordination with Stewart’s site hosts. The first location, in Schodack, will be the tenth installation in NYPA’s EVolve NY network. One parking space in Schodack meets ADA compliance.
NYPA President and CEO Gil C. Quiniones said, “NYPA’s EVolve NY network is expanding across New York State making it easier and more convenient for drivers to power their vehicles with clean energy sources. Partnering with Stewart’s and similar businesses that operate multiple sites will accelerate our efforts to promote emissions-free transportation and advance the state’s clean energy goals.”
Stewart’s Shops, a family owned and operated chain of convenience stores and gas stations in New York and Vermont, started as an ice cream shop in 1945 and has grown to 345 locations. As part of NYPA’s EVolve NY clean energy initiative, additional charging stations will open in the fall at Stewart’s Shops locations throughout New York state in Moreau, Clifton Park, Latham and Keene. An additional four charging stations are planned for 2022.
Stewart’s Shops President Gary Dake said, “By partnering with EVolve NY, we are proud to offer our customers more options for ‘filling’ up their tanks. The 20 EVolve NY Chargers will grow our fast charging network to more than 80 units. Stewart’s Shops is known for a quick in and out and these fast chargers will provide the convenience our customers know and expect. As an energy provider for today and into the future, we have the ability to fuel any vehicle and grow our EV network at strategic locations. The partnership with EVolve NY is just one of the ways Stewart’s Shops is attaining a more sustainable future.”
The new charging stations are the latest steps Stewart’s Shops are taking to become more sustainable. Stewart’s Shops currently has three Tesla supercharging stations throughout the state with plans to expand the program with four more by the end of 2021. The chain uses solar energy at offsite locations in Halfmoon and Castle Creek, N.Y., and its manufacturing plant has 2,400 individual solar panels on the rooftop that offset 75% of the power at 50 locations. Stewart’s recycles more than six EV tons of cardboard daily and reduces waste with the use of reusable totes, dairy cases, ice cream baskets, and bread trays used to make deliveries. In stores, customers can get a discount on coffee when they bring their reusable mugs.
The new chargers are part of 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 plans to 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. After this EVolve NY buildout phase is complete, New Yorkers will be able to drive any EV from New York City to Montauk, from Albany to Montreal, and from Binghamton to Buffalo with fast chargers capable of recharging their vehicles in 15-30 minutes located every 50 miles or less.
NYPA announced its first venture with a multi-site host, Mirabito, in May. Those sites are in the Binghampton-Syracuse corridor, including a recently announced site in Oneonta. Other EVolve NY sites opened since last fall include LaGrangeville, Watertown, Malone, Schroon Lake, Fairport and the largest public charging hub in the Northeast at John F. Kennedy International Airport.
The new installation also supports the Governor’s “Make Ready” program that is funded by investor-owned utilities to site EV charging stations in key locations and support expanded EV use, with a goal of deploying more than 50,000 chargers by 2025. New York’s $1 billion investment in electrifying New York’s transportation sector is growing access and availability to clean transit and electric transportation to benefit all New Yorkers, including those in low-income or disadvantaged areas, by reducing emissions to create cleaner air and healthier communities. These investments and electrification efforts under programs including Make Ready, EVolve NY, and Charge NY, in collaboration with the New York State Energy and Research Development Authority, the New York State Department of Public Service, and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation will help the state reach its aggressive clean energy goals outlined in the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act.
EV owners can locate public chargers using smartphone apps such as Greenlots, PlugShare, ChargeHub, ChargeWay, Google Maps, or the U.S. Department of Energy’s Alternative Fuels Data Center.
New York State’s Nation-Leading Climate Plan
Governor Cuomo’s nation-leading climate agenda is the most aggressive climate and clean energy initiative in the nation, calling for an orderly and just transition to clean energy that creates jobs and continues fostering a green economy as New York State recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic. Enshrined into law through the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, New York is on a path to achieve its mandated goal of a zero-emission electricity sector by 2040, including 70 percent renewable energy generation by 2030, and to reach economy wide carbon neutrality. It builds on New York’s unprecedented investments to ramp-up clean energy including over $21 billion in 91 large-scale renewable projects across the state, $6.8 billion to reduce buildings emissions, $1.8 billion to scale up solar, more than $1 billion for clean transportation initiatives, and over $1.2 billion in NY Green Bank commitments. Combined, these investments are supporting more than 150,000 jobs in New York’s clean energy sector in 2019, a 2,100 percent growth in the distributed solar sector since 2011 and a commitment to develop 9,000 megawatts of offshore wind by 2035. Under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, New York will build on this progress and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 85 percent from 1990 levels by 2050, while ensuring that at least 35 percent with a goal of 40 percent of the benefits of clean energy investments are directed to disadvantaged communities, and advance progress towards the state’s 2025 energy efficiency target of reducing on-site energy consumption by 185 trillion BTUs of end-use energy savings.
About EVolve NY
EVolve NY is the New York Power Authority’s initiative to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles throughout the state. The program creates private-sector partnerships to expand fast-charging infrastructure and make EVs more user-friendly for all New Yorkers. NYPA is installing fast chargers along major interstate corridors, in five major cities and at New York City airports. EVolve NY supports New York State’s goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent by 2030 and is a key pillar of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Charge NY 2.0 program to launch 10,000 public EV charging stations by 2021.
Founded in 1945, Stewart’s Shops is an employee and family-owned convenience store chain based in Saratoga Springs, NY. Stewart’s is known for offering milk, ice cream, coffee, food to go, gasoline, and other convenience items. Today there are over 345 Stewart’s Shops located across 31 counties across upstate New York and southern Vermont.