NYC Getting 80 More Charging Stations, then 10,000 by 2020
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, in his final State Of The City address last month, said, "We'll work with the City Council to amend the Building Code so that up to 20 percent of all new public parking spaces in private developments will be wired and ready for electric vehicles, creating up to 10,000 parking spots for electric vehicles over the next seven years.” That process is underway—even if there are obstacles, such as difficulties owning a car in Manhattan, the slow pace of EV infrastructure so far, and Mayor Bloomberg's spotty track record with green car initiatives.
Nonetheless, ChargePoint announced earlier this week that it installed its first of about 80 charging stations in New York City. This first station, installed at The Solaire in Battery Park City, was funded by a $1 million incentive from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).
In 2012, Governor Cuomo announced that $4.4 million would be awarded to 10 companies and organizations directly tied to plug-in vehicle infrastructure. ChargePoint was included in this list of 10. ChargePoint will be tasked with installing at least 325 charging stations in the State of New York.
"Through Governor Cuomo’s ‘Charge NY’ program, the state is taking a proactive approach to investing in an EV infrastructure that will encourage New Yorkers to transition from less efficient vehicles to electric vehicles," said Francis J. Murray Jr., president and CEO, NYSERDA. "Given the amount of emissions produced by the transportation sector, this statewide EV infrastructure will allow the state to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels and cut down on greenhouse gas emissions."
With both the Mayor and Governor on board, New York will finally in earnest begin its efforts to catch up with West Coasts cities and states in establishing plug-in vehicle infrastructure.
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