Charging Stations

Installation of public charging stations is a critical step to community-wide electrification. Installing public charging stations reduces “range anxiety” among prospective electric vehicle drivers. Also, public charging stations are tools to expand access to charging for folks who may not be able to access a charging station at their home or workplace. Sustainable Westchester can help municipalities access all available funding aimed at installing public charging stations, and also provide informed recommendations to ensure that public charging stations are installed in areas where demand will be high.

Different Types of Charging Stations for Different Municipal Needs

There are two major types of public charging stations: Level 2 chargers and Direct-Current Fast Charge (DCFC) chargers.

Level 2 chargers are the most commonly found public charging station. Level 2 chargers refuel an empty battery to 100% total charge in approximately 4-6 hours, and enable vehicle batteries to maintain their full range capacity over time. While their vehicle is parked at a Level 2 charging station, drivers may access shops, parks, or other amenities in the area. Because of funding programs administered by New York State and all regional utility companies, respectively, municipalities can recoup up to 100% of installation costs for Level 2 charging infrastructure.

DCFC chargers are considerably less common than Level 2 chargers. DCFC chargers can refuel an empty battery to 80% total charge in approximately 30 minutes. This type of charging best supports long-distance drives. As such, DCFC chargers are often found near highways, rather than in downtowns or other local areas.

Sustainable Westchester Helps Address Municipal Needs

Sustainable Westchester is well-versed in assessing the best strategies for municipal electrification. Our experience enables us to make informed recommendations on a case-by-case basis to create the most efficient and effective path to electric vehicle infrastructure expansion. Services we provide include:

  • Identifying optimal locations for charging stations
  • Evaluating installation costs and accessing installation subsidies
  • Predicting future revenue generation from charging stations
  • Creating a customized operating and capital cost assessment

For more information, please contact cleantransportation@sustainablewestchester.org.