State funds 3 LI firms for car-charging stations

A Nissan Leaf electric car is plugged into

A Nissan Leaf electric car is plugged into a charging station at the Seward Park Co-op apartments on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. (May 6, 2011) (Credit: Getty Images)

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State officials said Thursday they awarded contracts to install 360 electric vehicle charging stations around the state, including an unspecified number of chargers on Long Island.

The largest contract, for $1 million, went to Leviton Manufacturing Co. of Melville to set up 82 charging stations at multiple workplace locations around the state. The company said most of the stations will be installed on Long Island at workplaces, hospitals and schools.

Another contract, for $300,000, went to Beam Charging LLC of Roslyn for stations at locations in upper Manhattan, Brooklyn and Long Island. The stations will be located in public parking garages and parking lots. Beam executives didn't immediately return a call but the company website says it operates the most extensive network of electric vehicle charging stations in New York City.

A third contract, for $200,000, went to the Greater Long Island Clean Cities Coalition, a nonprofit group based in Stony Brook. The group's coordinator, Rita Ebert, said it would purchase 10 stations, each capable of charging two cars simultaneously, and have them installed between now and June at multifamily housing complexes yet to be selected. Recharging at the stations will take about four hours, she said. Not yet determined is how motorists will pay for the electricity.

The U.S. Department of Energy says there are 5,612 electric charging stations nationwide available to the public, with others owned privately.

A total of 522 electric cars were registered on Long Island in 2011, according to an analysis done for Newsday by R.L. Polk & Co. There were another 20,982 gasoline-electric hybrids, most of which do not have to be plugged in for recharging.

The contracts awarded on Thursday by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority are part of an effort to create a statewide network of 3,000 public and workplace charging stations in the state over the next five years.

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