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Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, D-N.Y., has announced that $4.4 million has been awarded to 10 companies, municipalities and other entities to enable more than 325 new electric-vehicle (EV) charging stations to be installed across New York.

New York state's EV charging stations are supported by a joint effort by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority's (NYSERDA) Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment Demonstration Program and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

"With New Yorkers facing higher prices at the pump, the state is stepping up to make owning an electric vehicle an affordable and convenient option," Cuomo said. "Creating an infrastructure to accommodate electric vehicles will create jobs and new economic development across the state, while reducing our carbon footprint and helping protect the environment."

Last year, NYSERDA received a $1 million DOE grant on behalf of the Transportation and Climate Initiative, a collaboration of the transportation, energy and environment agencies of 11 Northeast states and Washington, D.C., to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions from the transportation sector. The goal of the initiative is to accelerate the introduction of EV charging stations throughout the Northeast making the region a hub for EVs through public and private partnerships.

NYSERDA will also be managing a $10 million fund that offers vouchers of up to $20,000 per vehicle for the purchase of EV commercial trucks weighing more than 10,000 pounds.

The following companies will receive funds from NYSERDA:

- Access Technology Integration Inc. will receive $244,000 to install charging stations with reservation and payment systems at seven locations around the Albany area.

- Beam Charging LLC will receive $400,000 to install 28 charging stations - each one in a separate public parking garage in Manhattan - for the purpose of gathering data to determine how well such charging stations are used.

- Car Charging Group Inc. will receive $200,000 to install charging stations at up to 15 high-traffic locations in New York City. Sites would go in parking garages that are used primarily for monthly parking.

- The city of Rochester will receive $228,000 to install 24 charging stations at seven highly visible and busy locations around the city, including municipal parking garages, City Hall, the Port of Rochester and the Rochester Public Market.

- Coulomb Technologies Inc. will receive $1 million and is partnering with National Grid to deploy 81 dual charging stations with Coulomb's ChargePoint software. The technology will demonstrate a Web-based demand-response (DR) program, a new low-cost installation method and a customized reservation system.

- EV Connect Inc. will receive $250,000 to install EV charging stations at five Marriott hotels around New York state that make use of a unique reservation and payment system. The project will make it possible for overnight visitors to charge their vehicles while staying at a hotel.

- Golub Corp., owner of Price Chopper Supermarkets, will receive $325,000 to install 12 charging stations at four locations, each equipped with a weather canopy and lighting to make them visible. This is the first phase of an intended statewide rollout.

- The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will receive $720,000 to install seven experimental charging stations for fleet vehicles and public use that practice DR. The port authority will also receive $989,000 to install 124 charging stations at train and bus stations, airports and municipal parking lots. Three sites would be powered, in part, through on-site solar power.

- Plugin Stations Online will receive $64,000 to install charging stations at three apartment complexes in Albany, Rochester and Buffalo, as well as one at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy.

Another round of the program is currently under way, with proposals due July 25.

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