ChargePoint, an Australian provider of electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure solution, and National Grid have launched an EV charging station on Wolf Road in Colonie, US.

This EV charging station is the first among the 80 charging stations, which are being funded through a $1m award from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).

Of all the 80 EV charging stations, 67 will be located in National Grid’s service area in upstate New York.

Commenting on the initiative, ChargePoint president and CEO Pat Romano said New York is aiming to have the largest EV market for electric vehicles on the East Coast.

Earlier in 2013, Governor Cuomo launched a new initiative – Charge NY – to promote EVs through investing $50m over five years.

NYSERDA president and CEO Francis J. Murray Jr said, "Governor Cuomo’s ‘Charge NY’ program is developing an EV charging infrastructure across the state that will encourage and accommodate consumers in the purchase of electric vehicles.

"The investment being made through this public-private partnership will not only lead to a reduction in emissions from the transportation sector but will help stimulate economic activity."

Meanwhile, ChargePoint and National Grid will provide an additional $550,000 for the initiative.

The state anticipates the number of EVs in the state to increase to as many as 40,000 by 2018, and a million by 2025.