NYPA Press Release

NYPA Announces Development of Extreme Fast Charger Demonstration Project for Electric Vehicles

For Immediate Release: 08/17/22

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Power Authority, FREEDM to Collaborate on Innovative Project Aimed at Increasing Efficiency and Reducing Cost of Electric Vehicle Chargers


WHITE PLAINS—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) has been named as a co-recipient of a research and development grant for a project that aims to increase the efficiency and reduce the cost of extreme fast charging (XFC) technology for electric vehicles (EVs). The project, spearheaded by North Carolina State University’s FREEDM Systems Center, builds on a 2018 FREEDM project that established design principles for EV charging systems that incorporate solid-state transformer (SST) technology, reducing power waste and shrinking overall system footprint. 


“As more drivers switch to EVs, it is imperative that charging technology becomes more efficient and cost-effective,” said Alan Ettlinger, NYPA’s senior director of Research, Technology Development and Innovation. “In collaborating with FREEDM, we intend to strengthen the viability of extreme fast charging or XFCs, demonstrating that such technology can be replicated on a scale large enough to help satisfy our nation’s growing need for reliable EV infrastructure.”


The Power Authority has pledged to contribute $250,000 in co-funding for the project and will assist in identifying and securing demonstration sites for an impending prototype. Additionally, NYPA will contribute data and key findings from a similar R&D project underway at the Clark Energy Center in Oneida County studying the impacts of an XFC station that connects a bi-directional SST to a medium voltage distribution system.


"The goal of this new project is to bring extreme fast charging much closer to market realization," said Srdjan Lukic, Ph.D. and Principal Investigator for the project. "We could not achieve that without collaboration from project partners like NYPA."


The four-year R&D project launched in April 2022 and is supported by a nearly $4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. The project’s collaborators also include Danfoss, Commonwealth Edison and GoTriangle.


EVolve NY


NYPA’s EVolve NY network installs, operates and maintains high speed chargers across New York, bolstering the state’s EV infrastructure. The chargers are located across key travel corridors and aim to reduce range anxiety for EV owners.


A map noting EVolve NY chargers can be found here.


New York State is home to more than 1,000 public fast chargers at more than 240 locations. They range in speed from 25kW to 350kW resulting in varying charging times depending on the charger.




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The Future Renewable Electric Energy Delivery and Management (FREEDM) Systems Center at North Carolina State University is an NSF Engineering Research Center focused on medium voltage power electronics, power systems and electric transportation technologies. Our research extends from wide bandgap device design to packaging to application development. Results include a medium voltage solid state transformer, an ultrafast hybrid DC/AC circuit breaker, high power DC fast chargers, microgrid controllers, novel electric machine topologies, and machine learning applications for grid stability. Capabilities include multiple HIL systems, a 5,000 square foot high bay lab rated for 1 MW at 15 kV, and multiple motor dynamometers. Research funding comes from the US DOE, other federal agencies, and member companies like ABB, Duke Energy, Meta, and NYPA.