New York State is Making a big push to get more electric vehicles on the road and Plugin Stations Online has gotten a couple of big contracts to help make that happen.
The electric charging station vendor was awarded a contract by the New York Power Authority to Install about 40 EV charging stations at 14 sites across the state, according to John Doran, Plugin owner.
The company also won the contract from NYPA to install buss chargers at the NFTA depot in Buffalo. The plan is to install 10 chargers each year until there’s a station for each of the area’s 150 buses, which means Plugin will be busy with the project until 2035, he said.
“It’s a huge deal,” Doran said.
Plugin has now installed more than 1000 ports total, he said. Switzerland-based ABB is the manufacturer of the stations.
Plugin was behind the recent installation of five new EV fast chargers in the Quackenbush parking garage downtown Albany and the parking lot located at 327 Washington Ave.
To accommodate the increase in the business, Doran now has 30 employees, up from five employees two years ago. New hires include project managers who previously worked for GE, he said.
“Over the last two years, the amount of business has grown exponentially, so I’ve hired more electricians and more project managers and people in the office.”
Each of the 14 charging sites in the NYPA statewide contract will have 175 kW chargers and some will have 350 kW chargers, capable of charging enough power in 20 minutes to travel 300 miles. There’s only one car today – the Porsche Taycan – that can handle the top level of power, but that’s the direction the industry is headed, Doran said.
“These cars will go between 300 and 400 miles, you’ll be able to stop at a DC fast charger hopefully at a rest area, use the restroom, get something to ear, go back outside and you’re ready to go another 300-400 miles.”
New York state has a goal of 850,000 zero-emission vehicles on the road by 2025 and 10,000 chargers available by the end of 2021. There are currently more than 67,000 electric vehicles on the road in the state and nearly 5,900 chargers online, according to state data.
“The demand for [EVs] is starting to increase as people start to recognize the cost of driving an electric vehicle is way cheaper than driving an internal combustion engine.” Doran said. “There’s no more oil changes, you don’t have to worry about water pumps and timing belts.”
Doran also recently finished renovations of a hydroelectric dam in Valatie, which he purchased last year. It’s now the Plugin headquarters. The station is already providing power to the grid, and there are plans to provide energy directly to the village of Valatie.
Justin Dawes- Reporter-Albany Business Review