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EVent Advances State’s Commitment to Transition its Light Duty Fleet to 100 Percent Zero Emission Vehicles by 2035

NYS Overseeing Increase of More Than 600 Charging Ports at State Facilities with More to Follow

The New York State Office of General Services (OGS) and the New York Power Authority (NYPA) are hosting the annual New York State Electric Vehicle Fleet EVent from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 21 at the Empire State Plaza in Albany.

Brought back to the Plaza in 2023, the EVent provides government fleet managers, sustainability coordinators, elected officials, and members of the public an opportunity to learn how New York State is working to meet Governor Hochul’s goal to transition all state agency light-duty fleet vehicles to zero-emission vehicles (ZEV) by 2035 and all medium- and heavy-duty fleet vehicles by 2040.

“The OGS team is proud to host New York State’s annual Electric Vehicle Fleet EVent at the Empire State Plaza,” New York State Office of General Services Commissioner Jeanette Moy said. “We are leading the implementation of Governor Hochul’s mandate to convert the state’s light-duty fleet to 100 percent zero-emission vehicles by 2035. As part of this effort, our annual EVent demonstrates how the collaborative effort by state agencies, authorities, and the EV industry is creating a more sustainable future for all New Yorkers.”

“New York State is taking the lead when it comes to making it easier for consumers to adopt electric vehicles and demonstrating how cleaner transportation reduces air pollutants, lowers ownership costs, and provides a better driving experience,” said Justin E. Driscoll, Power Authority president and CEO. “By building out the infrastructure to support government electric vehicle fleets, public transportation and private vehicles, the Power Authority is accelerating the transition to an electrified transportation system and contributing to a more sustainable future.”

New York State Energy Research and Development Authority President and CEO Doreen M. Harris said, “As New York transitions to a cleaner, more sustainable transportation system, the State’s leadership in using zero-emission vehicles will be critical to our collective success. Events like this provide New Yorkers with the opportunity to not only see first-hand the breadth of electric vehicles on the market today and learn about the technology, but better understand State efforts to help get more of these vehicles on the road while expanding our charging infrastructure so more people can enjoy their benefits.”

New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Marie Therese Dominguez said, “Actions speak louder than words and every action counts when it comes to mitigating global climate change. The New York State Department of Transportation is leveraging every opportunity to expand its electric vehicle fleet and EV charging footprint across the state through partnerships with multiple state agencies, including OGS, NYPA and NYSERDA. This includes leveraging the $175 million investment granted to New York under the Biden Administration’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which New York is using to build out an alternative fuel corridor across the state to help fuel clean transportation alternatives. This year’s New York State Electric Vehicle Fleet EVent demonstrates that there are countless possibilities to reduce emissions and combat climate change by adopting clean transportation options.”

This year’s EVent will showcase a range of charging equipment and vehicles on display on the Plaza’s concourse level and outside on the Plaza. Featured vehicles will include those from state agency fleets, the Capital Region Transportation Authority (CDTA), National Grid, and New York State auto dealers. Representatives from dealerships and manufacturers will be on hand to answer questions about the latest makes and models.

Those at the EVent will also be able to attend informational panels on topics such as the present and future of the EV charging ecosystem, EV fleet conversion practices and tools, and purchasing EVs.

Information will also be available for state agency representatives on leveraging existing contracts and programs to purchase EVs and install EV charging infrastructure, obtaining applicable rebates, and the effective use of vehicle data-collection technology for EV fleet conversion planning.

In September 2022, Governor Hochul signed Executive Order 22: Leading by Example: Directing State Agencies to Adopt a Sustainability and Decarbonization Program, which established the ZEV goals for non-emergency light-duty and medium- and heavy-duty state fleet vehicles.

The OGS Resiliency and Sustainability (R&S) Division is leading the EV fleet transition in close collaboration with NYPA and the New York Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). Through this initiative, OGS is heading up an interagency ZEV conversion working group, developing technical assistance tools, facilitating partnerships to further a coordinated EV infrastructure buildout for state vehicles, and assisting agencies in EV fleet conversion planning.

Between OGS and NYPA, the team is overseeing an expansion of more than 600 charging ports at state facilities and installing the wiring for the rapid expansion of an additional 500+ ports in the future. This work includes a wide range of equipment tailored to the needs of each agency’s fleet and operations, including standard level 2 chargers, DC fast chargers, and off-grid solar chargers with battery storage.

EVent participants include OGS, NYPA, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, NYS Department of Transportation, NYS Insurance Fund, NYS Department of Public Service, SUNY Cobleskill, NYSERDA, City of Albany, Capital District Transit Authority (CDTA), Romeo Auto Group, Toyota Motor North America, Livingston Energy Group, National Grid, Mohawk Honda PlugIn Stations Online (PISO), Maverick Electric Vehicle Services, Mastrovito Hyundai, Mohawk Chevrolet, Hertz, Stellantis, Shultz Ford Lincoln, FloServices USA, Voltpost, Samsara, Orange & Rockland Utilities, Hertz, Burr Truck & Trailer Sales, and Atom Power..

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