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NYC Mayor Wants 10,000 New Electric Vehicle Charging Spaces

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Rapid charging station - gives full charge in around 30 minutes

A rapid charging station that gives a full charge in around 30 minutes to electric vehicles.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants to add 10,000 public parking spots for electric vehicles over the next seven years.

According to prepared remarks for his 12th and final State of the City address Thursday, the Mayor says:

“This year we’ll pilot curbside vehicle chargers that will allow drivers to fill up their battery in as little as 30 minutes. We’ll work with the City Council to amend the Building Code so that up to 20 percent of all new public parking spaces will be wired and ready for electric vehicles."

The proposal would require that a fifth of new parking spaces to be charging stations for electric vehicles.  Zoning laws in New York require the construction of new parking spaces along with new building construction, usually in the form of parking garages under or next to the building. According to the mayor's office, about 10,000 new parking spaces are added each year in this way.

The City currently has 100 public charging stations and 120 for the city's own fleet of EVs. Thirty more government stations would be added under this proposal.

Building public charging stations however is no easy task. As experience in other cities has shown, building codes, utility cooperation and construction permitting can all slow or impede installation of EV charging stations on public streets.

Private companies began installing public charging stations in New York City in 2010. According to a New York state initiative last year, there were about 400 charging stations set to be live by April 2013. San Francisco city government offered free charging in about 20 public garages at one point. Houston has built, or plans to build about 50 charging stations.

Under the mayor's NYC proposal the city would also initiate testing of curbside charging with two  chargers that can fill batteries in as little as 30 minutes, rather than the standard eight hours. One would be in Seward Park, a middle class apartment development and park on Manhattan's Lower East Side.

The second station will be just for electric taxis, located at the ConEdison Building. This year six all-electric Nissan Leaf taxis will join the more than 13,000 yellow cabs already on the road. The winning model for the Taxi of Tomorrow, also by Nissan, is designed to enable retrofitting run as an electric vehicle if testing shows that's workable and preferable.

The mayor is also expected to announce that the city will add 50 new battery electric cars to New York's municipal fleet, which already includes 458 plug-in electric cars, the third largest EV fleet in the country after the federal government and General Electric.

According to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles: as of December 2012, there are 2,069 electric vehicles registered in the five boroughs of New York CIty. The breakdown by county: 10 in Richmond (Staten Island); 80 in Queens; 753 in New York (Manhattan); 413 in Kings (Brooklyn) and 813 in the Bronx.

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TN Moving Stories: Ford Looks Electric while GM Looks to China, Suburban Rail Fail, and BP Oil Stays

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

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As gas prices climb for 27th straight day, pushing it above $4 per gallon in more than six states, consider that, internationally speaking, that's not that much. (Flowing Data)

The federal government still owns a 33 percent stake in General Motors. They want to sell that off this summer or fall. (CNBC) That means the U.S. treasury wouldn't benefit from GM's five year plan to double its exports to China. (Detroit News)

Ford is expecting growth to come from the socket. It predicts electric cars will be 10-25 percent of sales by 2020 (Fox Business)

Nissan will repair more than 5,000 Leafs for an electrical problem that causes a start failure. (Reuters)

But charging technology is moving forward. BMW and Siemens are teaming up to test out wireless charging stations for electric cars ... as in, no plugging in, just park within six inches. (AutoBlogGreen)

Two wheelers want in on the game too. A new study predicts electric motorcycles will really take off, with a jump from the current 17 million on the road to 138 million by 2017. (GOOD)

WNYC's Leonard Lopate Show takes on everything airlines from sleeping controllers to why Southwest planes fell apart and how to buy cheap tickets from Europe. (WNYC)

Charleston, South Carolina rejects a plan for highway expansion in what supporters call a victory for livable streets. (Streetsblog)

Washington Nationals fans are having a tough time taking transit to the stadium. Or rather, taking it back because D.C. Metro closes too early for some longer games. (WAMU)

Transport Politic finds that suburban oriented commuter rail doesn't change transit usage all that much in most cases. (Transport Politic)

It's one year since the BP oil spill began. Seafood distributors report sales are down, and the oil is still out there. Hear it in their own words. (The Takeaway)

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- Paying for an electric car was only the beginning of the expenses for the first man in Virginia to own one (Link)

- Look how much money the NYC MTA makes on lost and unused metrocards. (Link)

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I Bought an Electric Car, Now What?

Monday, April 18, 2011

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(Washington, D.C. -- David Schultz, WAMU) Ron Ball of Fairfax County was one of the first people in Virginia to buy the Chevy Volt, a new eco-friendly electric car. As an avid environmentalist, he had been dreaming of owning a Volt for years. But now that he has one, he's discovering life as a proud Volt owner is more complicated than he realized.

Make no mistake, Ron Ball loves his new ride. People at stoplights roll their windows down and tell him what a great car it is, and ask him how he likes it. He says it's even done wonders for his social life.

"I've given 15, 20, 30 people a ride in the car," says Ball. "Just strangers, people that I've picked up who expressed an interest in it."

First, a little about Ron.

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First Chevy Volt Ships to Dealers

Monday, December 13, 2010

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(Alex Goldmark, Transportation Nation) Chevrolet began shipping Volt electric vehicles to customers and dealerships Monday. The first of 160 cars expected to be shipped this week from the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant are heading to California, Texas, Washington, D.C. and New York, the initial launch markets for the Volt.

Tony DiSalle, Volt marketing director at Chevrolet called it a "historic milestone." Chevy announced plans for the Volt about four years ago, signaling a move from heavier SUVs toward more fuel efficient cars.

The Volt does have a small gas tank and gas powered engine to supplement the electric drive and allow longer trips of up to 379 miles on a single charge and fill up. That's in contrast to the Nissan Leaf, which does not have a gas engine. The first person to order a Nissan Leaf received their car in San Fransisco on Saturday.

Today's batch of Volts are not the first to ship but they are the first batch to go out to dealers for retail consumers. Earlier this year, Chevrolet shipped 15 pre-production Volts to "technology advocates" and "electric vehicle enthusiasts" for a 90-day vehicle and charging evaluation program.

Chevy has offered an incentive to spark early purchases of the car before roadside charging stations exist.  The company is providing free in-home 240 volt chargers to the first customers who pre-ordered Volts.

Recently private companies have announced plans to build charging stations in Tennessee and Texas. Still, early buyers of the Volt, or Leaf, will have to rely, at least in large part, on in-home chargers.

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Tennessee Cracker Barrel Restaurants to Become EV Charging Stations

Friday, December 03, 2010

(Alex Goldmark, Transportation Nation) 24 Cracker Barrel restaurants in Tennessee will get electric vehicle charging stations, the company said in a press release. reports that 12 locations will get Blink DC Charging Stations—capable of getting a plug in hybrid to 80 percent charge in 20 minutes. That's faster than it will take to finish your fried chicken liver. The other restaurants will receive a slower Level 2 charging system.

"These locations are centered on the Tennessee Triangle, a 425 mile stretch of highway connecting Knoxville, Nashville, and Chattanooga. Installations start next spring, and while costs haven’t been discussed, I doubt they are just giving this service away. "

GOOD points out that Tennessee is part of the EV Project, a public private partnership sponsored by the Department of Energy to promote and build EV infrastructure in six states.

Why start this chain store roll out in Tennessee you might ask? Well, just 11 minutes away from the Smyrna, Tenn. Cracker Barrel you find the Nissan manufacturing plant building electric Leaf cars for one.  The Cracker Barrels are pretty well distributed around major highway arteries. And if you have to stop to charge up your locally built leaf, why not do it where you can pick up some country cooking?

Texas, also in the EV Project partnership, recently got some good news on this front as well with the announcement of a privately funded initiative by NRG Energy in Houston. Why not a fast food home cooking restaurant?

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New York Gets Its First Public EV Charging Station

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

(WNYC, New York) Own an electric car? Thinking about buying one? Until now, you've been, um, running on empty if you're stuck in New York City with a low battery.

But starting today, California company Coulomb Technologies plans to install 300 of the stations—called ChargePoints—in the New York metropolitan area by October 2011.

Carmakers Chevrolet and Ford, as well as smart USA, distributor of the "Smart Car,"  plan to bring Electric Vehicles—known as EV in industry parlance—to New York City streets in the coming months.

"We want New York City to be prepared when people start buying them," New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said at a press conference unveiling the station today.

Motorists will be able to pay about $2 to fill an empty battery -- enough for about four hours of driving. The charging stations look like gas pumps -- but are much narrower and more elegant.

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