Vehicle electrification solutions provider XL Fleet has entered into a partnership with the New York Islanders and UBS Arena, the NHL team’s under-construction new home.

As part of the agreement, XL Fleet and the Islanders will explore the deployment and operation of 1,000 electric vehicle charging stations at the arena, which is due to open ahead of the 2021-22 NHL season.

XL Fleet said the UBS Arena site has the potential to become “one of the largest electric vehicle charging sites in the United States”. The partnership will allow the arena to explore XL Fleet’s suite of solutions to deploy a large-scale EV infrastructure for a range of users, including arena guests and nearby fleets.

UBS Arena will be able to provide patrons and employees with access to EV charging while using its strategically located footprint and utility infrastructure to help meet the growing demand for EV charging in the New York metropolitan region. XL Fleet will leverage the breadth of its full electrification portfolio, including its XL Grid division, which launched in December.

UBS Arena’s electrification infrastructure will include solar power generation, energy storage and vehicle charging stations. XL Fleet will also equip and deploy fleets of electric vehicles for use by the arena and the Islanders.

Tod Hynes, founder and president of XL Fleet, said: “UBS Arena and the New York Islanders are forward-thinking sustainability leaders, building the infrastructure to support the current and rapidly growing demand for vehicle electrification and charging stations in the area.

“This location provides an opportunity to deploy critical EV infrastructure in a very capital efficient manner that can be replicated across similar facilities throughout the country.”

Hank Abate, president of arena operations at UBS Arena, added: “Partnering with XL Fleet to advance our electric vehicle infrastructure illustrates the groundbreaking work being done at UBS Arena to prioritise sustainability throughout our operations.

“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.”

UBS Arena will have a capacity of 19,000 and is being developed in partnership with Oak View Group. The arena will be located at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York and will host more than 150 major events annually.

The arena project is set to create 10,000 construction jobs and 3,000 permanent jobs. The arena will be the first venue of its kind in New York built to achieve LEED V4 standards while featuring state-of-the-art sustainable technology.

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