Stewart’s Shops and NYPA: Fueling New York’s Clean Energy Drive

EV charging port

On Tuesday, September 12th, Stewart’s Shops and New York Power Authority (NYPA) celebrated the installation of 4 new EVolve NY fast chargers at Stewart’s Shop #370 in South Potsdam.

These chargers are now available for electric vehicle (EV) owners to use when traveling through the North Country, spanning from Watertown to Plattsburgh where there is a scarcity of charging stations. This installation is made up of four high-speed chargers alongside four Tesla superchargers. All four EVolve NY chargers are equipped with cutting-edge power-sharing technology, allowing any compatible EV to rapidly charge at the maximum rate of 350 kW. The presence of these charging units in St. Lawrence County will facilitate charging for the increasing number of EVs across the state. This further bolsters the state’s leading efforts in clean energy, aimed at reducing carbon emissions and road pollution while fostering healthier communities!

Governor Kathy Hochul commented, “More New Yorkers are opting to drive zero-emissions vehicles and that necessitates additional charging infrastructure along well-traveled routes across our great state and in our cities. Opening up this new travel corridor for EV drivers in the North Country will encourage emissions-free travel across the state for tourism, leisure or business, and enable New York to continue to set a trend for reducing climate-altering emissions from the transportation sector.”

In 2021, Hochul signed legislation requiring that every new passenger vehicle, including pickup trucks and SUVs, sold within New York State must be emission-free by the year 2035. This measure is aimed at reducing carbon emissions in the state’s transportation sector and aligns with the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act’s goal of an 85 percent emissions reduction by 2050.

NYPA operates the largest open-access high-speed charging network in New York State, featuring 144 charging ports distributed across 37 locations along key travel routes and in urban areas. Additionally, in the North Country region, there are EVolve NY hubs, each equipped with four charging units, situated in Watertown and Plattsburgh, along with a single charging port available in Malone.

Power Authority President and CEO Justin E. Driscoll commented, “The New York Power Authority’s EVolve NY program has launched fast-charging hubs throughout New York State to help fully electrify the transportation sector. Stewart’s Shops has been a valued site host, allowing expansion of high-speed charging in the Capital and Adirondacks regions. The Potsdam Stewart’s site, along with many others still to come, will make charging an EV quicker, easier, and more convenient no matter where you live or travel in New York.”

To celebrate this new charging site NYPA is sponsoring a promotion at all 6 Stewart’s Shops equipped with EVolve NY chargers (see list here) from 9/18-9/24/23. EV drivers can mention the code “Drive Electric” to the Partner at the register to receive a free Stewart’s 12-ounce hot coffee! This promotion is for EVolve NY users only.

“The latest generation Evolve NY charging station at our South Potsdam shop is testament to our commitment to greener solutions and promoting electric vehicles in the Northeast,” said Stewart’s Shops Senior Vice President Chad Kiesow. “This new EVolve charger will play a vital role in reducing range anxiety and contributing to a more sustainable future. At Stewart’s Shops, we take pride in our 12 locations already featuring EV charging stations, half of which are equipped with NYPA’s EVolve NY universal chargers. By strategically expanding our charging infrastructure, we aim to make EV charging more accessible, ensuring a smoother and more confident experience for electric vehicle owners.”

To learn more about Stewart’s Shops Eco-Responsibility and Energy Initiatives click here.

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Take a look at some pictures and a video from the event!

Flavor the cow waving in front of an electric vehicle Flavor the cow learning how to charge an electric vehicle EVolve NY fast charger

Group picture at the EVolve NY Event NYPA/EVolve NY electric vehicle parked an electric vehicle charging