Plug-in vehicle charging station maker ChargePoint is planning to add 80 more stations throughout New York City, so it's only natural that the company starts at the bottom of Manhattan island.

In this case, ChargePoint's first station in this particular batch is being deployed at The Solaire apartment complex in Manhattan's Battery Park City. That building was the first to be awarded gold-level status for the US Green Building Council's Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design (LEED) denotation when it was built in 2003. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is providing $1 million in funding towards the project.

Last year, Governor Andrew Cuomo said the state would contribute $4.4 million towards an effort to add 325 charging stations in the state. And earlier this year, the state said it would support investments to deploy 3,000 publicly accessible stations by 2018. Read ChargePoint's press release below.

As of the end of February, New York State was home to about 173 publicly accessible charging stations, including about 120 in New York City proper, according to the US Department of Energy. The DOE numbers show that around 180 charging stations are added each month.

Earlier this month, ChargePoint and ECOtality, which makes the Blink plug-in charging system, said they were forming what they called a "vendor agnostic" system called Collaboratev that would allow customers to use both types of stations with a common payment system.
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CHARGEPOINT LAUNCHES FIRST OF MORE THAN 80 ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING STATIONS, WITH FUNDING FROM NYSERDA

Manhattan's The Solaire Apartment Complex Installs New Charging Station; Program Will Bring New Sites to Locations Around New York State

Manhattan March 11, 2013 ChargePoint, Inc. announced the first of more than 80 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations it will install in New York, through a $1 million incentive from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). The EV charging station installed at The Solaire in Battery Park City is ChargePoint's first installation of what will be part of a significant NYSERDA EV charging station investment. The Solaire, developed in 2003 by the Albanese Organization is the nation's first LEED Gold-certified residential building. ChargePoint is the largest network of EV charging stations in the world, with more than 11,000 charging spots installed.

"Upgrading the city's EV infrastructure to new, universal ChargePoint chargers is imperative to the future success of a sustainable society. By working with ChargePoint and NYSERDA to bring new chargers to our LEED-certified rental properties in Manhattan, the Solaire, the Verdesian and the Vanguard Chelsea, the Albanese Organization hopes to inspire more drivers to consider electric vehicles, while providing current adopters with new access to convenient charging locations," said Russell Albanese, Chairman of the Albanese Organization. "The partnership of ChargePoint and NYSERDA has been an excellent example of the public and private sectors working together to make a great contribution."

Last year, Governor Cuomo announced $4.4 million being awarded to 10 EV companies, municipalities and other entities, including ChargePoint, to bring 325 charging stations to New York. Earlier this year, Governor Cuomo announced Charge New York, a new initiative 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.

"Through Governor Cuomo's 'Charge NY' program, the state is taking a proactive approach to investing in an EV infrastructure that will encourage New Yorkers to transition from less efficient vehicles to electric vehicles," said Francis J. Murray Jr., President and CEO, NYSERDA. "Given the amount of emissions produced by the transportation sector, this statewide EV infrastructure will allow the state to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels and cut down on greenhouse gas emissions."

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has announced a plan to make up to 20 percent (or 10,000 spaces) of new New York City parking spaces EV-ready over the next seven years.

EVs will play a key role in reducing dependency on foreign oil while improving air quality and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. ChargePoint is the leading provider of EV charging in New York City with nearly 200 EV charging stations already installed. ChargePoint has worked with private garage owners and commercial hosts to pilot Level 2 charging throughout the state of New York. For EV drivers, ChargePoint-enabled locations are included on all ChargePoint mobile phone applications for iPhone and Android. These ChargePoint mobile apps provide an easy way to locate stations near any specified address, get turn-by-turn directions, and start and stop a charging session directly from a smart phone. Additionally, these apps allow drivers to utilize ChargePoint's station reservation feature. Drivers can locate reservable stations, and then make, view, and cancel a reservation directly from a smart phone.

"New York is laying the foundation to become a leader in the United States for EVs," said Pat Romano, president and CEO of ChargePoint. "The majority of residents in New York City live in apartments and without this kind of public infrastructure investment, residents would not be able to buy electric vehicles."

About ChargePoint
ChargePoint is the largest online network of independently owned EV charging stations operating in more than 14 countries. ChargePoint provides everything an EV station owner needs to deliver turnkey EV charging services in their parking lots. For drivers, ChargePoint provides state of the art features including the ability to locate, reserve, and navigate to unoccupied charging stations with online tools and mobile applications. ChargePoint locations may be found online and are included on the free ChargePoint mobile applications for iPhone and Android. The ChargePoint network is open to all charging station manufacturers. For more information about ChargePoint, visit www.chargepoint.com.

About Albanese Organization
The Albanese Organization (Albanese) is a privately held, full-service real estate firm dedicated to creating residential and commercial buildings of distinction, quality and architectural merit. For over 60 years, the firm has focused on maximizing potential from real estate holdings through development, construction, management, and marketing of undeveloped or underutilized properties across Long Island and Manhattan. In 2003, Albanese pioneered green development with its completion of The Solaire, the nation's first LEED Gold-certified residential building. This was followed by the development of The Verdesian, the first residential building to receive LEED Platinum Certification in the country; and The Visionaire, the greenest condominium in the nation. www.albaneseorg.com

About NYSERDA
NYSERDA, a public benefit corporation, offers objective information and analysis, innovative programs, technical expertise and funding to help New Yorkers increase energy efficiency, save money, use renewable energy, and reduce their reliance on fossil fuels. NYSERDA professionals work to protect our environment and create clean-energy jobs. NYSERDA has been developing partnerships to advance innovative energy solutions in New York since 1975.


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