This week New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the first of five planned high-speed electric vehicle charging hubs at multiple Mirabito Convenience Store locations in Central New York.
The fast-charging stations are made possible by an agreement between Mirabito and the New York Power Authority (NYPA).
The new EVolve NY charging hubs will offer a total of 19 chargers at the five Mirabito sites. The first location, at an Oneonta Mirabito station, will be the seventh installation in NYPA’s EVolve NY statewide charging infrastructure network, which will result in up to 150 chargers installed along key travel corridors and in urban areas in the state by the end of 2021. This will give New York the third largest open-access (available to all EVs) 150 kW+ fast charging network in the U.S., according to NYPA.
The Southside Oneonta location, unveiled today by Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul who drove an EV to the new charger event, is the first site hosted by Mirabito Convenience Stores, a family-owned and operated energy retailer that operates more than 100 convenience stores throughout Central New York.
Construction is set to begin in June. NYPA will construct, own and operate the EVolve NY charging network in coordination with Mirabito site hosts.
“NYPA is pleased that this partnership with Mirabito, our first venture with a multi-site host, will help us significantly expand our reach and make fast charging easily accessible to more communities,” said Gil C. Quiniones, NYPA president and CEO.
The Oneonta site is also NYPA’s first location developed and operated in collaboration with Electrify Commercial, a business unit of Electrify America designed to provide solutions to businesses, utilities, and government entities. EVolve NY customers can pay to charge up at these stations using credit or debit cards, or by using the Electrify America mobile app, which connects drivers to the network’s more than 2,600 DC fast chargers nationwide.
New York State Electric and Gas Corporation (NYSEG) assisted NYPA with the engineering and design of the electrical system that supports the charging stations.
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.