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NYPA issues request for information to explore partnerships for $250M EVolve electric vehicle initiative

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Tue, Aug 14th 2018 03:20 pm
Private/public partners sought for expansion of charging infrastructure & making driving EVs easy choice across New York
The New York Power Authority has issued a request for information to identify potential public and private partnerships that will help address key barriers to electric vehicle expansion in New York state. The RFI also will help maximize the impact of NYPA's recently announced EVolve NY program, which will allocate up to $250 million through 2025 toward accelerating the adoption of electric vehicles across the Empire State.
"NYPA is well-positioned to help address the key issues that play a pivotal role in moving the electric transportation sector forward," said Gil C. Quiniones, NYPA president and CEO. "We are a 'first mover' in the EV space. We have the expertise to help reduce market risk and attract private sector investment in the effort to advance Gov. Cuomo's goal of rapidly increasing the number of EV drivers on New York roads in short order."
This RFI is intended to help NYPA gauge private sector interest in collaborating on new business and ownership models for developing EV infrastructure and services. It will also help to identify financial, technology and service innovations in the EV space that will help to remove barriers in the marketplace. Private sector companies and public partners are encouraged to share information, through this RFI with NYPA, about co-investment, co-marketing and other potential collaboration efforts that will address promotion of EV expansion in the state and across the EV ecosystem.
EVolve NY is a key pillar of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's "Charge NY 2.0" initiative, which encourages electric car adoption as it brings the state closer to its goal of installing at least 10,000 charging stations by the end of 2021. The initiative also helps accelerate Cuomo's "Reforming the Energy Vision" strategy to build a cleaner, more resilient and affordable energy system.
The first phase of EVolve NY commits $40 million to address existing market barriers and financing gaps that are projected to impede development of DC fast chargers (DCFC) and develop an ecosystem that makes EV's "the easy choice" for customers by the end of 2019. Other potential barriers include a lack of consumer awareness and regulatory issues such as demand charges and lack of incentives for installation of charging stations.
The information received from the RFI will be used for planning purposes. NYPA then intends to issue separate request for proposals to pursue partnerships and procure services related to three key project areas: fast charger installation along interstate corridors, charger installation at New York City airports, and establishment of EV model communities. To access the RFI, visit NYPA's procurement webpage and look for Q18-6501MH EVolve NY - Public/Private Partnerships to Accelerate the Electric Vehicle Market. Responses are due to NYPA by Friday, Aug. 31.
About NYPA
NYPA is the largest state public power organization in the nation, operating 16 generating facilities and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. More than 70 percent of the electricity NYPA produces is clean renewable hydropower. For more information visit www.nypa.gov.

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