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Friday, October 3, 2014

Niagara Falls International Airport Customers Get a Charge from New Stations

NFTA Executive Director Kimberley Minkel with
Gil C. Quiniones, NYPA president and chief executive officer.
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The Niagara Falls International Airport now has two new charging stations for airport traveler use, as part of a statewide network of up to 3,000 EV charging stations slated for public and workplace locations across New York State by 2018. The charging stations are being undertaken through the Governor Cuomo’s Charge NY Initiative.

The charging stations at the NFIA are among 100 that the New York Power Authority and New York State Energy Research and Development Authority are installing by the end of the year at 37 public and workplace locations around the state, including three at Buffalo Niagara International Airport.

According to data from the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, the Buffalo area is among those regions of the state with the highest concentrations of EV and plug-in hybrid vehicle ownership. Currently, there are approximately 700 such vehicles in the area.

Governor Cuomo launched Charge NY to help bring about greater use of plug-in electric vehicles by expanding the state’s EV charging infrastructure. The initiative also lays a foundation for additional investments in clean technologies by the private sector and advances efforts to lower climate-changing greenhouse gas emissions. The charging equipment at the Niagara Falls and Buffalo airports was installed by Allegro Power of Buffalo.

"The Power Authority is proud to help move New York's clean transportation agenda forward with this consumer-oriented approach to vital EV infrastructure, including the charging stations we are unveiling here today," said Gil C. Quiniones, NYPA president and chief executive officer. "NYPA has a long relationship with the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, and our two organizations continue to work closely on various clean energy initiatives to make New York less dependent on fossil fuels and create a clean energy economy in New York State."

"Transportation is one of our biggest climate challenges and at the same time one of our biggest opportunities," said NFTA Chairman Howard A. Zemsky. "Through Governor Cuomo's Charge NY initiative, customers using both the Niagara Falls and Buffalo Niagara International Airports now will have the opportunity to recharge their electric vehicles and help reduce their personal carbon footprint by eliminating climate changing greenhouse gas emissions."

The charging stations at NFTA facilities support the transportation organization's sustainability practices, which are geared toward protecting and enhancing the environment, as well as the health and safety of NFTA employees. NFTA, which benefits from low-cost NYPA hydropower for its light-rail system and other uses, also gives priority to reducing waste, increasing fuel efficiency, promoting recycling, and adapting more energy efficient lighting and propulsion systems. As part of its sustainability practices, the NFTA is also employing community-based strategies to encourage transit-oriented land-use development to increase public transit ridership.

The charging stations at the two airports are each capable of supplying up to 6 kilowatts of power to an electric vehicle. Charge times will vary depending on the size and type of cm, but for mid-sized vehicles (e.g., the Chevrolet Volt, Ford C-MAX Hybrid Energi or Nissan Leaf), charging is expected to take .approximately four hours. EV drivers to NFTA’s airports will be able to charge their cars without cost for a four-year trial period.

The charging stations are equipped with software that will allow EV users to remotely monitor the charging process and pay for the battery charge, if applicable. The software will also collect and transmit data on frequency of use, length of charges and amount of energy dispensed, to provide NYPA and NYSERDA with input for use in locating future charging stations.