State launches vehicle charging station effort

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On Monday, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the “DRIve EV Downtown” program that will bring electric vehicle fast charging stations to downtown areas in New York State that are undergoing revitalization and development efforts. 

While the New York Power Authority (NYPA) and the Department of State collaborated to make Amsterdam the first of five initial charger deployments in Downtown Revitalization Initiative (a long-running statewide community revitalization program) communities, similar hubs will be installed in Utica (Oneida County), Oswego (Oswego County), Geneva (Ontario County), and Middletown (Orange County) over the next few months. 

The program is helping to advance the state’s nation-leading clean energy goals, including decarbonizing the transportation sector and reducing overall greenhouse gas emissions 85% by 2050.

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