News

Electric Vehicle Charging Station Unveiled on Campus

CANTON — ChargePoint and National Grid today unveiled a new two-car electric vehicle (EV) charging station at St. Lawrence University at an event attended by elected officials and representatives of ChargePoint, National Grid and St. Lawrence University.

“St. Lawrence University has signed the Presidents’ Climate Commitment, and we have committed to becoming climate neutral by 2040, integrating sustainability into our curriculum and helping the broader community understand and reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said Louise Gava, St. Lawrence University’s sustainability coordinator. “Installing the electric vehicle charging station here on our campus helps us fulfill our obligations to support the greater community.”

Thanks to $1 million in funding from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), under Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's Charge NY initiative, the ChargePoint EV charging station, located at St. Lawrence University, 23 Romoda Drive in Canton, N.Y., is one of 67 stations that will be located in National Grid’s Upstate New York service area.

“The collaboration between NYSERDA, ChargePoint and National Grid is a model of a public-private partnership working for New York State and the environment,” said Richard Burns, manager, community & customer management for National Grid. “Plug-in electric vehicles are more than just a new way to get around. They’re a major part of a cleaner, more efficient transportation future. At National Grid, we’re committed to making this new technology more viable and cost-effective for ourselves and our customers, and pleased to help make it happen in Northern New York and across New York State.”

The public-private partnership provides more than 80 EV charging stations throughout New York State, of which 7 charging stations have already been installed in Central New York, with another 10 proposed.

“We are thrilled to be part of such a successful public-private partnership and we fully support New York’s goal of installing thousands of charging stations throughout the state,” said Colleen Quinn, ChargePoint’s Vice President of Government Affairs. “We appreciate St. Lawrence University’s commitment to installing this charging station which will benefit the community and the environment.”

Earlier this year, Governor Cuomo announced Charge NY, a new program to promote EVs through investing $50 million over five years. The program calls for investment in 3,000 public and workplace charging stations by 2018, plus other steps meant to encourage the growth of electric vehicle ownership. There are already more than 500 EV charging stations around the state.

“Charging stations, like the one installed at St. Lawrence University, represent just one more step when it comes to further protecting our environment and cutting costs for consumers with fewer trips to the pump,” said New York State Senator Patricia A. Ritchie. “I applaud those involved in this project and look forward to seeing New York continue to “go green” with initiatives like this that promote energy efficiency.” 

“Installing the charging station here in Canton opens the door for more North Country residents to take advantage of new technologies that can benefit their family’s bottom line. In a region where driving is often a necessity, having the ability to reduce costs, and greenhouse emissions is especially appealing. Having a charging station so close will offer residents the ability to take advantage of an increasingly popular transportation option,” said New York State Assemblywoman Addie J. Russell.

Governor Cuomo has called for $50 million to be invested over a five year period to establish 3,000 public and workplace charging stations by 2018, as well as promote the growth of electric vehicle ownership.

New York has one of the highest growth rates of electric vehicles in the country. According to New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, the number of EVs in the state has risen from about 1,000 to more than 5,000 in the past year.

“Clean Communities of CNY, on behalf of the U.S. DOE’s Clean Cities Program is proud to support the efforts of National Grid and St. Lawrence University to increase the much-needed electric vehicle infrastructure,” said Barry Carr, coordinator, Clean Communities of CNY. “Electric Vehicles, Plug-In Hybrids and all alternative fueled vehicles play a valuable role in reducing emissions, lowering our dependence on foreign oil, and providing safe, economical transportation.”

Launch of the St. Lawrence University charging station coincides with the third annual National Plug In Day, held on Sept. 28-29, which serves as a nationwide celebration to heighten awareness of today’s widespread availability of plug-in vehicles and highlight the benefits of all-electric and plug-in hybrid-electric cars, trucks, motorcycles and more.