Rollout of retail electric vehicles charging stations aims to spur use

Ashley Hirtzel
September 26, 2013

A new electric vehicle charging station was unveiled at a western New York retail store today.

Tops Markets in Williamsville is the first retail location in western New York to offer charging for electric vehicles. The unit brings the number of EV charging stations across the state to 500.

The station was put in though the collaborative efforts of Charge-Point, NYSERDA and National Grid and funded through Governor Cuomo’s Charge NY initiative announced earlier this year. State Senator Michael Ranzenhofer says he supports the push for electric vehicles as it lessons dependence on foreign oil.

“I think at some point it time, a few years from now the typical two car family one of those is going to be an electric car and the other will be a regular gasoline engine. So, I think we’re moving in that direction. It helps the environment, and I think people are very cognoscente of that,”

The construction of three more retail EV charging stations begins this week at various Kohl’s locations around Buffalo. 15 more EV charging units are expected to be installed in western New York by the end of September.

The Charge NY initiative has set a target of 3,000 stations statewide by 2018.