New York seeks research, demonstration proposals by Oct. 22 on electric vehicles

The Electric Vehicle-Enabling Technology Demonstration Program,under New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s “Charge NY” initiative,is seeking research and demonstration proposals by Oct. 22 that demonstrate new technologies and approaches to accelerate the market adoption of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) and make PEV infrastructure easier to use and more economically viable.

Cuomo announced on Sept. 6 the new program, saying, “As we move towards our goal of establishing a statewide network of up to 3,000 EV charging stations over the next five years, we are ensuring that New York State is prepared to welcome the next generation of environmentally friendly vehicles on our roads.”

The $2m demonstration program, funded by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), seeks applications from such entities as universities, research centers, technology-based businesses and manufacturersdeveloping and doing research in EV technology, Cuomo’s statement added.

Relevant projects include demonstrating EV charging stations, sited alongside battery energy storage, that reduce the electric grid demands from charging, and feasibility studies of new electric rate structures or other utility incentives to help reduce the cost of EV ownership.

The statement further noted that areas of interest are technologies and strategies that can integrate EVs into the electric grid, allow long-distance EV travel and ease financial and regulatory obstacles to EV adoption. Proposals should focus on research, results or strategies that can be transferred and implemented throughout the state in the near term to advance EV acceptance.

There are about 640 public EV charging stations in New York, with more than 5,000 EVs operating across the state, and most are privately owned, personal vehicles.

Cuomo’s Charge NY initiative, which is being spearheaded by NYSERDA and the New York Power Authority, aims to create a statewide network of up to 3,000 public and workplace charging stations over the next five years to accommodate an anticipated 40,000 PEVs on the road.

According to associated documents from NYSERDA, between May 2012 and May 2013, registered PEVs in the state grew from under 1,000 to more than 4,000.

“As PEV drivers seek to use more public [electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE)], there will be a need for new policies and technologies to reduce the strain on the electric grid from public EVSE and keep the cost of charging PEVs down,” NYSERDA said. “Distributed generation, on-site energy storage, and software to integrate charging loads can all help reduce electric grid strains and expensive demand charges. Emerging technologies like vehicle-to-building and vehicle-to-grid services could allow PEVs to generate additional revenue or provide extra value as a backup electric generator of sorts.”

Two categories of funding will be considered for funding: feasibility and market research studies and integration and demonstration of new technologies.

The first categoryinvolves activities and research in one or more of four focus areas identified, including “PEV and electric grid interaction,” to develop plans and related planning processes, strategies and policies for New York that have the potential to achieve the solicitation goal. Projects funded in this category will be limited to a maximum of $75,000 per project of NYSERDA funds.

The second category involves technologies that have the potential to achieve the solicitation goal while advancing one or more of the focus areas. Demonstration projects, NYSERDA added, generally consist of equipment installations or software deployment over an extended period accompanied by data collection and analysis that results in a publishable and publicly available final report. Projects funded in this category will be limited to a maximum of $500,000 per project of NYSERDA funds.

New York has been working on advancing electric vehicles with Cuomo directing, for instance, state regulators to review existing policies to ensure that regulations promote the evolution of the EV market in New York.

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