The New York State Thruway has just opened six new fast electric vehicle charging stations at a popular Hudson Valley rest area.

If you drive an electric vehicle and have had a hard time finding a place to "charge your ride" the folks at the New York State Thruway Authority have some great news as they have just opened six new universal fast electric vehicle charging stations in Ulster County, NY.

Electric Charging Station on New York State Thruway
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NYS Thruway Plattekill Service Area Adds More

Over the last few years, numerous rest areas along the New York State Thruway have undergone major renovations and upgrades to give drivers along the 426-mile mainline road that connects New York City and Buffalo more options to eat, fuel up, and rest. The Plattekill rest area completed most of its new upgrades in the last year or so adding Burger King, Starbucks, and one of the Hudson Valley's only Chick-fil-A restaurants.

Electric Charging Stations in Plattekill, New York
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Now that great food options are available, the folks that operate all of the Thruway Service Areas, Applegreen have also made charging all EVs much easier for anyone who drives an electric vehicle. They have recently added six new universal fast electric vehicle charging stations at the Plattekill Service Area on the northbound side of the NYS thruway between exits 17 and 18 according to the NYS Thruway Authority.

Electric Charging Stations in Plattekill, New York
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Where to Charge an Electric Vehicle on the New York State Thruway

The NYS Thruway now offers level 2, & 3 chargers along with the Applegreen "Electric" option at various rest areas and park and rides. Level 2 stations are free to use and located at nine commuter park and ride lots off of the Thruway’s mainline system including stations at the Rockland and Westchester Landing and the commuter park and ride lots in New Paltz (Exit 18) and Catskill (Exit 21). It takes approximately 4 hours to fully charge using a level 2 charger.

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They also offer more than 45 Level 3 chargers and the Applegreen "Electric" option on the Thruway at Service Areas in Angola, Ardsley, Modena, New Baltimore, Oneida, and Plattekill, to name a few. Not all locations are fully operational yet but they will be soon. You can see every available changing station online here. Level 3 stations are capable of charging vehicles in approximately 30 minutes.

A Peek Inside The New Thruway Rest Stops In New York State [PHOTOS]

Keep scrolling to see pictures of the newly revamped New York State Thruway service areas.

Gallery Credit: Megan Carter/NYS Thruway

What New York State Thruway Rest Stops Looked Like in the 1950s

According to the Thruway Authority, the very first rest stops were erected in the mid-1950s offering travelers cafeteria-style food, coffee, and snacks. Today, these rest stops are going through their second major remodel which will bring new restaurants and amenities for Thruway travelers. According to these old images from the Thruway Authority, our local rest stops have come a long way in seventy years.

Gallery Credit: Boris

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