Rochester EV Accelerator


The Rochester EV (Electric Vehicle) Accelerator, administered by the Electrification Coalition (EC) in partnership with the Genesee Region Clean CommunitiesEnergetics Incorporated, and the City of Rochester Office of Energy and Sustainability is an innovative, community-wide initiative aimed at achieving widespread deployment of electric vehicles (EVs) . This project is supported by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) as part of the ChargeNY initiative. Overall key players in the Rochester EV Accelerator include state and local government, regulators, utilities, large employers, and civic groups. 

The EV Accelerator will help build support for and increase market penetration of EVs by focusing on:

  • Community Readiness
  • Consumer Education
  • Consumer Experience
  • Fleet Transition
  • Acceleration

This effort is in line with the community-wide Climate Action Plan (CAP). The CAP's goal to reduce 40% of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2030 will depend largely on reduced GHG emissions from cars. By driving more EVs, the Rochester community can make significant advancements toward a cleaner, healthier, and more sustainable city for all. 


Upcoming Ride and Drive Events 

Ride and Drives are a fun way to test drive EVs while also learning about their many advantages. Register for any of the following Ride and Drives across greater Rochester to experience an EV in your community. 

  •  Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Ride and Drive hosted by Dixon Schwabl (1595 Moseley Road, Victor, NY 14564). 
  •  Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018, 6 p.m. to  8 p.m. Ride and Drive hosted by Digital Rochester and RYP (Bar Bantam at The Metropolitan, 1 South Clinton Ave., Rochester, NY 14604).
  •  Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. National Drive Electric Week Ride and Drive at Rochester Institute of Technology - T Lot (1 Lomb Memorial Dr, Rochester, NY 14623). 
  • Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Ride and Drive at GreenSpark Energy (GreenSpark Solar, 318 Timothy Lane, Ontario, NY 14519). 
  • *CANCELLED* Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018, noon to 2 p.m. Point de Rennes Bridge (Historic High Falls).  
  • Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ride and Drive at Broccolo Tree & Lawn Care (2755 Penfield Rd, Fairport, NY 14450).

Click here to learn more about the Rochester EV Accelerator, benefits of EVs, and more.