New York to Install 120 EV Charging Stations This Year

The Big Apple has 15,000 registered EVs but limited recharge ports.

June 25, 2021

EV Fueling

NEW YORK—New York City’s first curbside electric-vehicle charging stations will be installed this year, according to the Wall Street Journal. The Department of Transportation plans to install 100 charging ports for public use and 20 additional ports to recharge the city’s fleet of EVs, thanks to a grant from the New York State Public Service Commission.

Local officials say expanding the EV charging network is essential to meeting the city’s environmental goals, which includes reaching carbon neutrality by 2050.

“If New York City is going to reduce and ultimately eliminate its carbon footprint, it’s critical that whatever cars exist in the city be electric,” said Hank Gutman, commissioner, NYC DOT. He added that the pilot program will run for four years, and “we assume the private sector is going to step up and do its part.”

Currently, the charging capacity is limited for the nearly 15,000 electric vehicles registered in the city. About 1,400 level-2 charging plugs, which provide an 80% charge in four to eight hours, and 117 fast-charging plugs, which offer an 80% charge in 30 minutes to an hour, can be found across the city, most in Manhattan parking garages. The curbside charging stations will be level-2 ports.

Gutman said the limited charging capacity has impeded EV adoption by city dwellers, especially those who can’t afford private parking spots in garages. The percentage of EVs registered in New York has increased by 50% in the past year, according to NYC DOT, but that still represents a fraction of all vehicles on the road.

The first of the new charging stations are in the Norwood section of the Bronx. Using the city chargers will cost $2.50 per hour during the day and $1 per hour overnight. FLO, a charging network operator based in Quebec City, will manage the network under a contract with Consolidated Edison Inc.

Jamie McShane, a spokesman for Con Edison, said the company would invest $310 million by 2025 to fund more than 21,000 level-2 chargers and more than 525 fast chargers in New York City, as well as in Westchester, Orange and Rockland counties.

A new report from the Fuels Institute Electric Vehicle Council“EV Consumer Behavior,” provides invaluable insight to help guide EV market development. The report includes information about the habits and practices of current EV owners and how those might change over time.

“The EV landscape continues to change at a rapid pace,” said John Eichberger, director, Fuels Institute Executive. “The Electric Vehicle Council recognized that the charging infrastructure must be built to satisfy the needs of not just current drivers but also those drivers yet to purchase an EV … This report aggregates current published knowledge about these behaviors and needs to help build an EVSE system that effectively satisfies EV driver demand now and tomorrow.”