County updates electric vehicle charging plan

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An updated Electric Vehicle Charging Station Community Plan encompassing Oneida and Herkimer counties has been released, according to Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr.

The objective of the Electric Vehicle (EV) Plan is to recommend strategies for supporting current and future EV drivers traveling within the region and between regions across the state. The range of EVs continues to improve each year and is quickly approaching that of a conventional internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicle that uses petroleum fuel. 

“We all saw at the recent opening of Wolfspeed in Marcy that electric vehicles are an important part of the future of transportation nationally and a key piece of our economy in this county and region,” Picente said in a statement. “We are committed to seeing all aspects of this industry grow and that includes preparing Oneida County to be a leader in Upstate New York electric vehicle infrastructure.”

According to the county, there is a need for additional charging stations to facilitate longer distance travel, support inter-county commutes and provide access to charging opportunities for more moderate-income households and owners of earlier generations of EVs.

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The plan identifies gaps where public infrastructure is not currently available in the region to support EV drivers and recommends charging station installations at key locations to establish a comprehensive charging network. Additionally, this plan identifies various socioeconomic, geographical and educational resource barriers that may contribute to a hesitancy towards making the switch from an internal combustion engine vehicle to an EV.

Oneida County will also create an EV dashboard that will show the public exactly where charging stations are; update in real time the progress of additional charger installations and offer other metrics to track the progress of this infrastructure build-out. The plan includes 67 EV charging stations in the parking garage being built in conjunction with the Mohawk Valley Health System Wynn Hospital in downtown Utica, with the ability to expand to as many as 300.

“The plan outlines a 5+ year implementation timeline to address this growing need,” said Oneida County Commissioner of Planning James Genovese. “There are 14 concrete steps spread over the timeframe that range from site level planning to installation of stations to improving signage and visibility around locations, as well as steps that will allow for continued reassessment and community involvement.”

The multi-year implementation timeline includes: identifying stakeholders, site-level planning and applying for federal and state funding for EV infrastructure in the first two years. In the second through fifth year of the plan, EV charging stations will be installed for approved sites as well as other related initiatives

After year five of the plan, there will be need reassessments and equipment replacements for outdated units. The Electric Vehicle Charging Station Plan can be seen at: https://bit.ly/3NgXOQH

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