If the rest stop modernization effort includes chargers, that would be a positive sign. They seem to want to go through with that. But again, hoping it happens is setting myself up for disappointment.
Supposedly it does, and as the rest stop modernization is contracted out to full service providers that will construct and operate the new facilities the justification given me for the delay was that they did not want to put in new DCFC just to have them torn out as they were not in the right place with the new facilities.
EA is frankly my best hope for improving road tripping in my Bolt.
No doubt, EA announced intentions well after NYS and of course already has operational stations in Buffalo and Fredonia, as well as Herkimer and Waterloo being under construction and very close behind. Not saying EA is perfect, they definitely are experiencing growing pains, but they have made substantial progress much faster than NYPA.
NYPA should, IMHO, at this stage probably just work some arrangement with EA to incentivise them to construct more sites at more NY locations with expedited permitting and implemented to NYPA specifications. I doubt that NYS actually wants to be the site operator anyway.
If you follow plugshare the nice new DCFC units NYS did put in at the Grand Island welcome center are apparently not yet very reliable
. According to various posts one charger was never properly configured, one has recently started being problematic, and one works great! They are gorgeous, they are free, and there are three of them, so if one is not working likely you can still get a charge. Not unlike EA, they too seem to have growing pains.