NYC Gets Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
April 29, 2013

Hiroko Matsuike/The New York Times

As part of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s legacy, he wants to add 10,000 public parking spots for electric vehicles (EVs) over the next seven years, with 2,000 of these NYC parking spaces having electric vehicle charging stations.

Right now, NYC has 100 public electric vehicle charging stations (mostly in off-street NYC parking garages) plus another 120 charging stations for NYC’s fleet of 458 electric vehicles. Bloomberg’s proposal would add another 30 charging stations for NYC vehicles, bringing the total to 150 to be used by NYC-owned electric vehicles.

In his February 2013 address, Bloomberg said, “This year we’ll pilot curbside vehicle chargers that will allow drivers to fill up their battery in as little as 30 minutes. We’ll work with the City Council to amend the Building Code so that up to 20 percent of all new public parking spaces will be wired and ready for electric vehicles.”

This means that one-fifth of all new NYC garage parking spaces would offer charging stations for electric vehicles. Typically, approximately 10,000 new NYC parking spaces are created each year because new buildings are required to include new parking spaces, which is usually done by building a new NYC parking garage either under or next to the new building. Bloomberg’s proposal would allocate 2,000 of these NYC garage parking spaces to include the electric vehicle charging stations. To give you perspective, there are about 100,000 off-street parking spaces in NYC garages.

Do we need charging stations for electric vehicles? 

One theory says, ‘If you build it, they will come’. According to Transportation Nation, the NYS DMV records show (as of December 2012) only 2,069 electric vehicles registered in the five boroughs of New York City:

  • 813 in the Bronx,
  • 753 in New York (Manhattan),
  • 413 in Kings (Brooklyn),
  • 80 in Queens, and
  • 10 in Richmond (Staten Island),

What about NYC Street Parking?

NYC Mayor Bloomberg’s proposal also includes testing NYC street parking, or curbside, charging. The City would start with two chargers that can fill batteries in as little as 30 minutes. Most EV chargers need eight hours. One charger would be in Seward Park, a middle class apartment development and park on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. The second station will be just for electric taxis, located at the ConEdison Building.

Will you have to pay for Charging your Vehicle?

This is where it gets tricky. If you pay for a NYC parking garage space, can you get the charging for free? Of if you pay to charge your electric vehicle, can you get your parking space for free?

And what about the electric vehicles that pay for 4 hours of NYC street parking and need only 30 minutes of charging. They’ll be taking away a valuable resource from other EV owners, right?

Who will pay to Install the Electric Vehicle Charging Stations?

Since 2010, private companies have been installing public charging stations, usually with a government subsidy.

Stay tuned for more on this development.



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