US-based network of independently owned electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, ChargePoint, has installed the first charging station at the Solaire in Battery Park City, New York.

This installation is the first of 80 charging stations proposed to be installed across New York, through a $1m incentive from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).

NYSERDA president and CEO Francis J. Murray Jr. said that the state is investing in the infrastructure, as part of governor Cuomo’s Charge NY program.

New York state governor Andrew Cuomo had earlier announced a new initiative in 2012 – Charge New York – to promote EVs with an investment outlay of $50m over the next five years.

"Given the amount of emissions produced by the transportation sector, this statewide EV infrastructure will allow the state to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels and cut down on greenhouse gas emissions," added Murray.

ChargePoint president and CEO Pat Romano noted, "New York is laying the foundation to become a leader in the United States for EVs. The majority of residents in New York City live in apartments and without this kind of public infrastructure investment, residents would not be able to buy electric vehicles."

The Charge New York initiative calls for investment in 3,000 public and workplace charging stations by 2018 as well as encourage the growth of electric vehicle ownership in the country.