Sourcing Renewables - September 14, 2021
NYC Launches EV Charging Expansion Plan
New York City began the first phase of a project to increase the number of electric vehicle charging stations available in the city and unveiled its plan to create one of the country’s largest charging networks.
The New York City Department of Transportation (NYC DOT) and the New York Power Authority (NYPA) oversaw the installation of the first four of 28 electric vehicle fast-charging plugs by EV Connect at city-owned municipal garages.
NYC DOT also released plans to expand this charging citywide to help it in its goal of carbon neutrality by 2050. The plan includes increasing private investment to fund a network of 40,000 public L2 chargers and 6,000 DC Fast Chargers by 2030.
The full EV plan, titled “Electrifying New York: An Electric Vehicle Vision Plan for New York City”, lays out the following targets:
- Growing the city-operated fast-charging network to over 80 plugs by 2025.
- Equipping 20% of all spaces in municipal public parking lots and garages with level 2 chargers by 2025, increasing to 40% by 2030.
- DOT will install a network of 1,000 curbside charge points across the five boroughs by 2025, increasing to 10,000 by 2030.
- Developing a plan for a Level 2 and Level 1 user-supplied cord charging system that integrates with existing street infrastructure.
- Advocating for funding and supportive policies from the federal government.
- Working with utilities and regulators to make it easier and cheaper to install EV chargers.
- Engaging with EV stakeholders to better understand evolving EV market, technology, and charging needs through an industry day.
- Increasing public awareness of EVs and charging opportunities through the PlugNYC marketing program.
“With the climate crisis upon us, it’s time to plan bigger about how New York City can dramatically accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles,” NYC DOT Commissioner Hank Gutman said in a statement. “With major federal investments in EV charging on the horizon, our plan lays the groundwork for a network of tens of thousands of public EV chargers equitably distributed across the city, enabling many more car owners to go electric.”
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