Darshan Brahmbhatt, plugs a charger into his electric vehicle at...

Darshan Brahmbhatt, plugs a charger into his electric vehicle at the Sacramento Municipal Utility District charging station in Sacramento, Calif. on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015. Credit: AP

The New York Power Authority has awarded a five-year, $4 million contract to a private company to build 300 vehicle charging stations throughout the state.

The deal is with EV Connect, an El Segundo, California-based company that manages charging stations nationwide.

The locations of the 300 new stations have not been selected, said Steve Gosset, manager of media relations for NYPA.

“While the locations have not been selected yet, they will be in public locations,” Gosset said.

There are about 1,600 electric charging stations statewide, according to Gosset.

In a statement, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said the state’s goal is to have 3,000 charging stations online by 2018.

On Long Island, the Town of Hempstead opened charging stations at the town-owned East Marina, near Loop Parkway, to offer 24-hour service to plug in electric cars.

Also, Tesla Motors set up a charging station for its electric vehicles outside a restaurant in Southampton.

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