According to the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), the DOT will install 100 Tier 2 charging outlets for general use and 20 outlets for the city fleet, which provide 80 percent charge in four to eight hours, said to cost $2.50 an hour during the day. And $1 an hour in the evening through the morning.
The additional 120 ports represent an approximate 8 percent increase on top of the current number of chargers scattered across the city.
These include 1,400 Level 2 charging sockets and 117 quick charge plugs, which provide an 80 percent charge in 30 minutes to an hour. The problem is that most ports are located inside parking garages, according to the WSJ.
There are not enough chargers to meet the growing demand, and the Department of Transportation told the magazine that 15,000 electric vehicles are registered in the city, an increase of 50 percent in the last year alone.
New York City aims to have 20% of new car registrations be electric cars by 2025.
Of course, the easier it is to find a charger, the more uptake of electric vehicles will continue to rise, which in turn should feed into the city’s goal of reaching carbon neutrality by 2050.
In line with its green goals, the Department of Transportation also launched its first electric scooter sharing trial in the Bronx earlier this year.
However, private companies that have tried to fill the void have been met with controversy over some of their expansion plans for electric vehicles. In February, electric scooter company Revel said it would build its first network of EV fast chargers in Bedford-Stevesant, Brooklyn, but it recently suffered a setback to its all-Tesla taxi service after New York City’s Taxi and Limousine Commission voted to halt licenses The new electric fare.
The city’s first new charging stations were installed in the Norwood section of the Bronx. The original plan was to launch the ports last year, but the pandemic halted the startup. According to the Wall Street Journal, DOT – the charging network operator that is also part of GM’s multi-charging system for customers, known as Ultium Charge 360 - has chosen to run the network under a contract with Consolidated Edison. Inc, and the latter told WSJ that it plans to invest in more than 21,000 Level 2 chargers and more than 525 fast chargers, most of which will be in New York City.