New York Governor Announces High-Power Multi-Charger Hub for EVs

Sept. 14, 2023
The Potsdam site includes a next-generation power-sharing technology to allow any compatible EV to fast-charge at 350 kW within 20 minutes

New York Governor Kathy Hochul has announced the installation of a high-power multi-charger hub by the New York Power Authority (NYPA) for electric vehicles at Stewart’s Shops in Potsdam to support local EV drivers, travel, and tourism in the North Country between Watertown and Plattsburgh.

On the Electrify America network, the site offers four Evolve NY Direct Current Fast Chargers (DCFCs) adjacent to four Tesla superchargers and includes a next-generation power-sharing technology to allow any compatible EV to fast-charge at 350 kW within 20 minutes.

With the technology, NYPA can reduce the grid capacity requirement by more than 25% and allow prompt vehicle charging. The system also offers a smaller footprint, a resilient internal design, improved internal diagnostics to analyze performance, and a longer cable for better reach.

The partnership between Power Authority and Stewart’s Shops, a convenience store chain with more than 350 stores and gas stations in New York and Vermont, helped install charging stations at six store locations in the Capital and Adirondacks regions as part of the State’s EVolveNY fast-charging network: Potsdam, Latham, Clifton Park, Schodack, Moreau, and Keene.

The new units in St. Lawrence County will not only enable charging for many EVs statewide but also support the state’s clean energy goals to reduce carbon emissions and pollution on roadways for healthier communities.

“More New Yorkers are opting to drive zero-emissions vehicles, and that necessitates additional charging infrastructure across our great state and in our cities,” Governor Hochul said. “Opening up this new travel corridor for EV drivers in the North Country will encourage emissions-free travel and enable New York to continue to set a trend for reducing emissions for the rest of the nation.”

While New York is investing more than $1 billion in zero-emissions vehicles by 2028, it is also adopting clean car and clean truck regulations, which require 100% ZEV passenger car and light-duty truck sales by 2035.

New York State has sold more than 162,000 EVs, and the charging stations reported are about 12,000, including Level 2 and fast chargers. According to the U.S. Department of Energy Alternative Fuels Data Center, the state hosts 1,273 public fast chargers at 298 locations ranging in speed from 25kW to 350kW.