More electric cars and more electric chargers are expected in New York over the next decade, according to Gov. Kathy Hochul’s zero-emission vehicles requirements by 2035. Similarly, in March, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced that a national network of convenient, reliable, made-in-America electric vehicle chargers is expected across the country.
But there’s a rub. Electric vehicles need charging stations, which require space – difficult to find in New York City’s five boroughs. Electric vehicle owners and urban planners find it difficult to install these necessary stations in public spaces across the city.
Currently, according to the statistics provided by Volta, a charging installation company, there are 1,500 public EV chargers serving more than 30,000 registered electric vehicles in the city. There is still a long way to go to equip 40% of all spaces in municipal public parking lots and garages with PlugNYC curbside chargers by 2030.
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