NYC Garages to have Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
December 16, 2013

Image,_Electric_Vehicle_Charging,_NYTThe NY City Council recently reviewed (on 12/11/13) a proposal requiring all new NYC parking garages and NYC parking lots to be capable of installing electric vehicle charging stations.

The proposal calls for all newly built NYC parking garages to have a conduit that will provide 20% of the parking spaces with at least 3.1 KW of electric power to charge electric vehicles. Building owners don’t have to provide the actual electric vehicle charging stations yet; they’ll just need to have the capability for the future.

As we reported in April 2013, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s legacy included adding 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.

There are several ways to charge an electric vehicle, the most advanced being charging stations.  Hevo Power is also working on wireless manhole-style covers equipped with wireless receivers, so you park your electric vehicle over the manhole cover and charge away. Hevo’s business targets commercial vehicle fleets (think UPS, FedEx, Fresh Direct, delivery trucks) rather than individual car-owners. If this wireless technology takes off and can be installed in NYC parking garages, then the stand-along electric vehicle charging stations may become obsolete.

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