According to a new report from the Wall Street Journal, the city is will be installing 120 curbside chargers later this year in hopes to further its goal in reducing its carbon footprint by encouraging more to convert to EVs. 100 of them will be for public use, while the remaining 20 will be for the city’s own fleet. All of them will be level-2 charging ports and cost $2.50 USD per hour during the day and $1 USD per hour during the night.
“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,” New York City Department of Transportation Commissioner Hank Gutman said. “Our plan is to go big on this, and we assume the private sector is going to step up and do its part.”
New York currently boasts around 1,400 level-2 charging ports and 117 fast-charging plugs. The former can provide an 80 percent charge in four to eight hours, while the latter can achieve the same amount in just 30 minutes to an hour. The problem is, however, that the “vast majority” of these chargers are located in Manhattan parking garages. The Department of Transportation hopes that the introduction of curbside chargers will fix this issue and make EVs more accessible to the masses.
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