Long Island has fewer public chargers than other areas in the state, one of the key barriers to increasing electric vehicle ownership, according to a 2019 report from the nonprofit Drive Electric Long Island Coalition. Other barriers are a lack of awareness and cost.
There are 5.6 vehicles on the road for every Level 3 public charger statewide, while there are 267 vehicles per charger on Long Island.
“More EV infrastructure is needed to keep up with the growing number of electric vehicles and to help alleviate ‘range anxiety,’ ” which is the fear of running out of power, the report states.
Ron Gulmi, chairman of Drive Electric Long Island’s infrastructure committee, said the organization supports the town project and he hopes other municipalities will follow suit.
“We definitely need DC fast charging along the main thoroughfares, the LIE, Sunrise Highway, Hempstead Turnpike, Route 347,” he said. “There’s a major void and it’s just starting [to grow].”