New York is getting the message

At the Built by Michigan coalition, we’ve long argued that government can play a big role in helping the electric vehicle industry get the traction it needs to take off.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has apparently heard the message.  Earlier this month, he announced a $2 million program to promote the market for electric vehicles and to make electric vehicle transportation more economically viable, according to reports.

Cuomo’s Charge NY initiative will fund research and projects, with the goal of 40,000 plug-in vehicles on the road and over 3,000 public and workplace charging stations over the next five years.

Currently, there are about 640 public EV charging stations in the state and around 5,000 electric vehicles, most privately owned.

“This program will focus on furthering research and innovation related to EVs, so that we can make these vehicles more affordable for New Yorkers, promote a cleaner transportation source, and make our infrastructure more efficient, while also creating jobs in the clean energy industry,” Cuomo said in a press release.

Hear that, Lansing?