Owning an EV in New York: Charging Cost, Incentives, and More

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Owning an EV in New York: Charging Cost, Incentives, and More

While New York has one of the busiest cities in America, it also has small towns, mountains, and more for residents who don’t want the hustle and bustle. But is owning an EV in New York easy, and how does the state compare to others in the US? Here are the details.

New York Charging Infrastructure

Luckily for residents, New York has quite a bit when it comes to charging infrastructure. First, the Direct Current Fast Charging Program (DCFC) offers publicly accessible parking with charging capabilities in many of the state’s major cities.

Next, they have a Clean Green Schools Initiative, helping schools transition to electric buses, and they cover 100% of the costs for those and the charging systems.

Last but not least, New York has received funding from NEVI to continue building their infrastructure for the next five years.

How many charging stations does New York have?

New York is the number two friendliest EV state in the US, and for a good reason. Almost 9,000 charging stations are spread out across the state.

Types of Charging Stations

New Yorkers can access various charging stations, no matter what EV they drive.

Home stations

If you own a home in New York, you can invest in level 1 or level 2 chargers. While you may be unable to do this in larger cities (like NYC) due to space constraints, many other cities offer incentives for installing a home charging station. Of course, you should talk to a professional and install the connector that works with your car.

Free stations

New York, and especially larger cities like New York City and Buffalo, offer Level 1, level 2, and level 3 charging stations for residents, and many are free to use! While they usually have a time cut-off, the cities offer them as an incentive to locals who want to switch to EVs.

CHAdeMO connectors

If you decide on a Nissan or Toyota vehicle, a CHAdeMO connector will probably be necessary. These chargers provide rapid DC charging and are comparable to CCS connections. However, CHAdeMO charging can go in both directions from the charger to the car and vice versa before going to the house or grid. If you own a Tesla, you can also use a CHAdeMO converter if there isn’t a supercharger nearby.

CCS plugs

Also known as the Combined Charging System plugs, these connectors offer quick DC charging and work with almost all cars, including Kia, BMW, Audi, Mini, Hyundai, and more.

These plugs are also easy to connect to home grid systems as they only require a house 3-prong plug. But before plugging in your car, be sure to check with a professional.

J-Plug Chargers

J Plugs, also known as the SAE J1772 adaptors, plugs into standard household outlets. These fast chargers can juice up an EV in less than 8 hours. Another huge benefit to J Plugs is that they last the longest, usually getting you over 20 years of consistent charging.

Tesla Superchargers

Tesla has a proprietary connector for their vehicles that offers DC fast charging. Only Tesla owners can access these supercharging stations, which Tesla installs and maintains. However, non-tesla EVs can’t charge at a Tesla Supercharger station.

This will change for owners of Ford and General Motors (GM) EVs when, at the start of 2024, they will be be able to charge at 12,000 Superchargers. And in 2025, both Ford and GM EVs will feature Tesla’s North American Charging Standard connector.

Where are the charging stations located?

New York has several charging stations spread out across major cities like New York City, Albany, Rochester, and Buffalo. You’ll also find charging stations in smaller cities like Amsterdam, Binghamton, Corning, Ithaca, Olean, and Syracuse.

Cost of Owning an EV in New York

New York offers potential EV owners many incentives and benefits. But how much does a typical EV cost? Let’s find out below.

Rivian R1S

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Rivian R1S at the New York International Auto Show 2019, at the Jacob Javits Center.

Electric SUVs are gaining traction, but only a few have three rows of seating. Rivian offers even another selection with its R1S. Going for $80,000, it’s almost $30,000 cheaper than Tesla SUV’s starting price. The R1S has a 135.0-kWh V lithium-ion battery pack and a range of 321 miles on a single charge. If you need more power, no worries. Rivian also offers a “max” pack, which allows you to go almost 450 miles on one charge.

Home charging in New York costs $.23 per KWH, slightly more than the national average for electricity prices. To juice up your EV to full charge, you will spend around $31.05. Public charging costs slightly more if at $.28 per KWH, or $37.80 for a full charge.

Audi e-tron GT

The e-tron GT is Audi’s version of the Porsche Taycan. It comes in two options: the regular GT and the RS GT. Both vehicles include a 93.4-kWh battery pack and an electric motor at each axle, which provides the all-wheel drive. The entry-level GT’s two electric motors can output 522 horsepower together, while the RS has 637 horsepower. Both options can get at least 230 miles on a single charge, but many people find the RS choice gets a bit less than the standard. While the Audi is still fairly expensive at a base price of $102,000, it’s cheaper than the Porsche, with its $106,000 price tag.

For in-home charging, the GT costs $.23 per KWH, while out-of-home and public charging cost $.28 per KWH. Typical charging costs range from $21.48 to $26.15.


Cadillac Lyriq

The sleek Lyriq is Cadillac’s debut EV model. A rear-wheel drive SUV, the Lyriq goes for 312 miles per charge. However, a second electric motor on the all-wheel-drive version outputs a total of 500 horsepower. Both have a 102 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, which should be fast and easy to charge.

At home, you’ll spend $.23 per KWH, or $23.46 total. Public charging is roughly $.29 per KWH or $29.58 for a full charge.

Nissan Ariya

Nissan Ariya EV
Ariya from Nissan is a quiet and spacious EV with a decent range per charge.

The Nissan brand, including the Leaf and Prius, is popular for electric and hybrid cars. However, the new Ariya SUV is larger and boasts a lot better driving range offering up to 304 miles per charge. Starting at just $44,000, it’s the cheapest option on our list, with great mileage and comfy seating. So if you don’t want to invest too much into a vehicle, this is a decent starter.

Each KWH costs just $0.23 at home to charge your vehicle and $0.26 at public charging stations. So, the average price range for this model would be around $20.93 to $23.66.

New York Electric Vehicle Incentives

New York has so many incredible incentives in place for EV owners. You can get a $2,000 tax rebate for purchasing a new or used EV.

Second, you can get a 50-90% rebate for level 2 charger installation under the state grant program. This does seem to favor multi-family properties, but it never hurts to ask.

EVs also have access to HOV lane access and qualify for lower toll fees. Some cities, like New York City, offer annual incentives and benefits, so you may be able to save even more money.

Owning an EV in New York Wrap Up

New York is one of the best states to own an EV in, with many cities offering EV-friendy programs to ensure you have an easy time driving and charging your car. The state continues to invest in EV infrastructure to support the growing number of EV owners. If you want to own an EV in New York, go ahead and join the bandwagon!

Frequently Asked Questions

Does New York have an EV tax credit?

Yes, they do, in addition to the federal tax credit. You can get up to $2,000 back when you purchase an EV.

Can EVs use HOV lane NY?

Yes they can, regardless of car occupants.

Do electric cars need NYS inspection?

Exemptions for safety are not required in New York. EVs, however, aren’t required to undergo emissions testing

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