DER-Grid Edge, Electric Vehicles

PSEG Long Island leads charge on National Drive Electric Week

PSEG Long Island is celebrating National Drive Electric Week by debuting Lead the Charge, a brand-new program to help accelerate the build-out of roadside charging businesses and encourage consumer adoption of electric vehicles on Long Island and in the Rockaways.

The company is now accepting applications from entities to install new, direct current, fast charging (DCFC) portals at publicly accessible locations, offering incentives of up to $7,000 per charging port in 2019.

DCFC units provide 60 to 80 miles of vehicle range in 20 minutes, offering a considerable advantage over Level 2 chargers, which offer 10 to 20 miles of range after an hour of charging.

“National Drive Electric Week is all about starting the conversation about how electric vehicle ownership really works,” said Mike Voltz, PSEG Long Island’s director of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. “One question that we have seen prospective electric vehicle owners ask, time and time again, is, ‘What happens if I get stuck in traffic and I don’t have enough battery life to get home?’ The answer to this ‘range anxiety’ is a robust public charging infrastructure. PSEG Long Island’s new incentive will encourage companies to build this infrastructure more quickly, creating a charging network that’s similar to the network of gas stations that exists for internal combustion vehicles.”

According to July 2019 statistics from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, while Long Island is home to nearly one-third of all electric vehicles in the state, it currently has fewer public chargers per electric vehicles on the road than the statewide average. The area does have 295 public Level 2 chargers and 65 public DCFC ports. Curious drivers can click here for an interactive public charger map from the U.S. Department of Energy.

In addition to alleviating the range anxiety of prospective electric vehicle buyers who could also charge at home, the new PSEG Long Island incentive will support the electric vehicle penetration targets set by New York State, and eliminate impediments to potential electric vehicle drivers who live in apartment buildings or other situations that prevent the installation of a home charging device.

PSEG Long Island is also proud to offer a residential charging rebate program. Homeowners installing a charging port may be eligible for a one-time rebate of $500. The program is also available to PSEG Long Island customers who installed eligible charging ports earlier this year.