Mayor Bloomberg Issues a Sweeping Goal for Public Charging in NYC

Michael Bloomberg

New York City May­or depict­ed a very long bridge he’d like to have built – over the next sev­en years, he’d like to see 10,000 pub­lic park­ing spots build and 2,000 of them would have elec­tric vehi­cle pub­lic charg­ing sta­tions. There are only 100 pub­lic charg­ing sta­tions in the city now and 120 sta­tions being used by the city’s fleet elec­tric vehi­cles. The may­or put out this request dur­ing his 12th and final State of the City address.

Besides the chal­lenges of over­com­ing the city’s zon­ing and build­ing code reg­u­la­tions, there’s the ques­tion of who would pay for it. For his 2,000 charg­ing sta­tion tar­get, NYC would only pay for 30 of them and the rest of the fund­ing would come from pri­vate par­ties. That will like­ly hap­pen through res­i­den­tial prop­er­ties, retail out­lets, work­places, and park­ing garages. There are state EV pro­grams that may be tapped into, but the city of New York will need to find pri­vate investors that can find ways to make pub­lic charg­ing sta­tions prof­itable. EV user fees will be adopt­ed at some point to gen­er­ate rev­enue.

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