"This year we'll pilot curbside vehicle chargers that will allow drivers to fill up their battery in as little as 30 minutes," Mayor Bloomberg said in prepared remarks. "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."
Outgoing Mayor Bloomberg would like to see these parking spaces and charging stations installed within the next seven years. Zoning laws in the city require the construction of new parking spaces along with new building construction. In New York, this usually comes about in the form of parking garages under or next to the building.
Reaching Mayor Bloomberg's numbers would be no easy task. Charging station installation projects in other cities have shown that building codes, utility cooperation and construction permitting can slow or impede installation of EV charging stations on public streets.
The biggest question will be: Who's going to pay for it? Private companies have been installing public charging stations in NYC since 2010 and will now be asked to carry more weight – whether that be through parking garages, residential dwellings, employers or retail outlets – to reach Mayor Bloomberg's target. Of course, if they can make money off of the stations, that weight will be the coins in their pockets. At least one such company, ChargePoint, is on board and called Bloomberg's plan "a comprehensive and bold effort to drive EV adoption in the city." You can read the PR below.
Campbell, Calif. February 14, 2013
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has laid out a bold plan to make 20 percent of new New York City parking spaces electric vehicle (EV) ready. ChargePoint congratulates Mayor Bloomberg for his vision.
Mayor Bloomberg laid out his plan today in his State of the City address. It calls for the creation of 10,000 EV ready spaces over the next seven years. New York is a leader in EV adoption rates, with 2,598 registered vehicles as of January, 2013, up 76 percent from just three months ago.
"New York City is one of the leading markets for electric vehicles in the United States," said Pat Romano, president and CEO of ChargePoint, Inc. "Mayor Bloomberg's leadership will prepare New York City for the broad adoption of EVs. Under the Mayor's leadership, New York City is embarking on a comprehensive and bold effort to drive EV adoption in the city. The Mayor's initiative to prepare "make ready" sites in parking garages for electric vehicles will lower the cost of critical EV charging infrastructure needed in New York City."
Electric vehicles will play a key role in reducing our dependency on foreign oil while improving air quality and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. ChargePoint is the world's largest EV charging network with more than 11,000 EV charging spots installed. ChargePoint is the leading provider of EV charging in the city of New York with nearly 200 EV charging stations already installed. ChargePoint has worked with private garage owners and commercial hosts to pilot Level 2 charging throughout the state of New York.
"New York is taking a bold and proactive step to minimize the overall cost of establishing adequate charging supply and drive adoption of electric vehicles" said Paul Wessel, executive director, Green Parking Council, a non-profit organization providing leadership and oversight for the green conversion of parking facilities to sustainable, environmentally responsible assets. "Providing parking facilities with Level II EV charging is a critical way to foster the rapid development of electric vehicles. Every month, the number of EV drivers continues to increase. Offering EV charging services in garages is currently a competitive advantage, but soon it will be as essential as high-quality lighting. In 2012 alone, more than 50,000 new electric vehicles were sold in the United States."
About ChargePoint, Inc.
ChargePoint is the largest online network of independently owned EV charging stations operating in 14 countries. ChargePoint provides everything an EV station owner needs to deliver turnkey electric vehicle charging services in their parking lots. For drivers, ChargePoint provides state-of-the-art features including the ability to locate, reserve and navigate to unoccupied charging stations with online tools and mobile applications. ChargePoint locations may be found online and are included on the free ChargePoint mobile applications for iPhone and Android. The ChargePoint network is open to all charging station manufacturers. Visit www.chargepoint.com for more information. Follow ChargePoint on Twitter @chargepointnet.