New York begins installation of chargers in municipal garages
New York has started installing L2 DC fast chargers at municipal parking garages. The first four have been installed, with a network of 40,000 public L2 chargers citywide and 6,000 DC fast charging stations planned to be completed by 2030.
The announcement came at the celebration of the installation of the first four of 28 electric vehicle DC fast charging plugs at city-owned municipal garages, attended by New York City Department of Transportation Commissioner Hank Gutman joined New York Power Authority, EV Connect and other elected officials.
“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,” said NYC DOT Commissioner Hank Gutman. “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.”
The communication also added that transportation accounts for nearly 30% of the city’s overall emissions, making this plan key to helping the city meet the goal of carbon neutrality by 2050. The city calculates that it will need 400,000 vehicle owners to switch to EVs by 2030 to achieve the target. This is also an important part of the city’s plan to ban new internal combustion engine sales by 2035. To begin, the next target is to expand the city-operated fast-charging network to over 80 plugs by 2025. Additionally, the Department of Transportation will install a network of 1,000 curbside charge points across the five boroughs by 2025, increasing to 10,000 by 2030.
“It’s time to end the age of the internal combustion engine,” said Ben Furnas, Director of the NYC Mayor’s Office of Climate and Sustainability. “Climate action means investing in pedestrian-friendly streets, interconnected protected bike lanes, reliable transit, and electrifying the vehicles on our roads.”