UBS Arena developers have partnered with Boston, Mass.-based XL Fleet to build 1,000 electric vehicle charging stations at the site and deploy fleets of electric vehicles for use by New York Islanders fans and concert-goers attending events at the new 19,000-seat arena.
The partnership provides arena officials with the ability to “quickly and cost-effectively deploy a large-scale electric vehicle infrastructure,” UBS officials announced on Feb 25, which could be used not only by the arena guests, but also by nearby fleets that can use the site to charge their vehicles during off-peak hours. It would be one of the largest electric vehicle stations in the United States, and would help meet New York’s growing demand for electric vehicle charging stations.
“Lack of access to charging infrastructure is one of the top obstacles to electrifying more vehicles, and we are proud to partner with UBS Arena and the Islanders to solve that problem more quickly in the New York metropolitan area,” Colleen Calhoun, XL Fleet’s general manager of its XL Grid division, said in a statement. “Through this partnership, we can help optimize access to charging infrastructure and scale that capacity as the need grows.”
As part of the partnership, XL Fleet will also deploy “a robust suite of electrification infrastructure,” officials said, including solar power generation and energy storage.
“XL Fleet’s ability to provide a full scope of electrification services will be a huge advantage for our patrons as well as the commercial and municipal fleets in the surrounding communities who could rely on this infrastructure,” said Hank Abate, president of arena operations at UBS Arena, with Tod Hynes, the founder and president of XL leet, adding that the location provides an opportunity to deploy “critical electrical vehicle infrastructure” that can be replicated throughout the country.
XL Fleet is a leading provider of vehicle electrification services in the United States, and its technology is proven to substantially increase fuel economy and reduce carbon dioxide emissions, while helping customers reduce their energy use and meet their sustainability goals.