It is common for cities to contribute to the electric vehicle world by working with automakers and/or utilities to build EV charging stations. New York City will be taking a slightly different road when the city's Economic Development Corp. finds a group to conduct a study on ways to encourage drivers in the city to switch to electric vehicles. The New York Post reports that the EDC is looking for bids for a fast-track study "on the set of levers to encourage electric-vehicle adoption." The city hopes to have the results by the end of September. An adviser to Mayor Bloomberg told the Post that any EV facilities in the city would be open to the public. "This is going beyond city vehicles," he said. "If it's worth doing, it's worth doing in the private sector."
The city's Street Condition Observation Unit (aka the pothole and graffiti squad) will use 10 MINI Es in its work.