NYC to set aside parking spots for electric vehicle charging

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New York City will remove 100 parking spots in the coming months to make way for charging stations for electric cars, officials said Thursday.

The city plans to install the curbside charging stations by October as part of a four-year “demonstration” intended to encourage and facilitate electric vehicle adoption, the Department of Transportation said in a press release.

“With sales of EVs at record levels, now is the time to develop a robust, convenient and publicly-accessible charging network so that more New Yorkers can go electric,” DOT Commissioner Hank Gutman said.

Parking in the 100 charging spots will be entirely restricted to electric vehicles, DOT said. Drivers will pay $2.50 per hour to charge between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., and $1 per hour overnight, with the power supplied by ConEdison via a contract with EV charging company FLO.

New York City’s 15,000 electric vehicle owners currently have access to 1,400 “Level 2” plugs, which provide 80 percent charge in four to eight hours, and another 117 that provide 80 percent charge in under an hour, according to city figures.

The new chargers will be of the slower, “Level 2” variety, officials said, and will “match the look and feel of New York City’s family of street furniture.”

Much of the city’s existing charging infrastructure remains concentrated in Manhattan — something city officials hope to change by installing ports in 20 neighborhoods across the five boroughs. The first of the new stations went in Thursday in the Bronx.

“Most Bronxites cannot choose to purchase electric vehicles because of a lack of infrastructure,” Bronx Councilman Eric Dinowitz said in a statement.

DOT initially planned to roll out the charging ports in spring 2020, but was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

There are over 3 million parking spots in New York City, according to city estimates.

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