Employee Zero Emissions Vehicle Charging Pilot Program Coming to Targeted OGS Parking Facilities in 2019

Ready? Set? Charge!

The Office of General Services (OGS), in cooperation with the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA) and the New York Power Authority (NYPA), is pleased to announce the launch of the Employee Zero Emissions Vehicle (ZEV) Charging Pilot Program in targeted OGS Parking facilities throughout Downtown Albany and the Harriman State Office Campus.  In addition to serving the needs of our current ZEV parking permit holders, this Pilot Program will provide valuable data to inform OGS about program effectiveness and expansion of the program going forward.

In the Pilot Program, Level 2 charging stations will be available to ZEV owners who are valid OGS parking permit holders in the parking lot or garage at which the stations are installed.  Permit holders in these locations will receive notification when newly installed ZEV charging stations become available.

Below is the list of Pilot ZEV charging station locations:

Pilot Location Number of Charging Stations Number of Charging Locations
625 Broadway Garage 9 17
ESP P-2 North Garage 2 4
ESP P-2 South Garage 2 4
East Parking Garage 6 12
Sheridan Hollow Garage 4 7
Cathedral Parking Lot 1 2
McCarty Parking Lot 2 4
Harriman Campus - E-Lot 3 6
Harriman Campus - O-Lot 1 2
TOTALS 30 58

How do I get access to charge in my parking location?

We made it simple.  

Step 1: OGS has partnered with EV Connect, a leading provider of EV charging solutions since 2009, to provide 24/7 driver support and management of our charging stations.  To get started, download the free EV Connect mobile app (available in the Apple App and Google Play Store) and register for an account.  You may also register on the EV Connect website at the link below to create your personal account.


Step 2: Once you have created your EV Connect account, complete the Zero Emissions Vehicle (ZEV) Program User Form – CS-788 and return to OGS parking Management via email at [email protected].

Please Note: It is important to provide the email address on the form that you used to create your EV Connect account.  

What’s the cost?

After evaluating the various pricing methods, OGS has opted to use per kilowatt-hour (kWh) pricing during the pilot. The kWh pricing method is usage-based.  EV drivers pay fees based on the electricity they use during the charging session, rather than the amount of time that the car is plugged into the station.  The cost for Level 2 charging during the first year of the OGS Pilot will be $0.15 per kWh.  As an example:

At $0.15 per kilowatt-hour, charging an all-electric vehicle (assuming a fully depleted 22 kWh battery) will cost about $3.30 to reach a full charge.

What are the OGS Pilot Program Protocols?

ZEV charging stations in all OGS parking facilities will be available on a first come/first served basis to valid permit holders in a specific location.  There is no provision for reserving a ZEV space or being assigned a designated space to charge your vehicle.

  • Use of On-Site Charging Stations:
    • ZEV permit holders may charge in any available ZEV parking space (spaces will be marked with signage).
    • The ZEV charging spaces are for vehicle charging. They are not reserved simply for ZEV vehicle parking.
    • ZEV permit holders are asked to vacate the ZEV charging spots when charging is completed. The EV Connect mobile app will alert you when your vehicle is fully charged.
    • Please be considerate to your fellow ZEV drivers and only utilize the spaces when charging.
  • On-Site staffing:
    • OGS Parking staff on site will direct ZEV permit holders to charging station locations in the facility.
    • On-site staff cannot, and will not, unplug patron vehicles from charging stations or move vehicles.
    • Charging station equipment problems or malfunctions can be reported to staff on site.

How will I know when Charging Stations are ready to use in my parking lot?

Permit holders in OGS parking locations will receive notification when newly installed ZEV charging stations become available for use in their locations.  Watch your email and the OGS Parking website https://parking.ogs.ny.gov/ for the latest information on this exciting new Pilot Program.

If you have any questions about the protocols associated with the ZEV Pilot Program, please feel free to contact OGS Parking Management by phone at 518-474-8118, or email us at [email protected]

So, are you Ready? Set? Let’s Charge!