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In September, Department of Transportation Commissioner Hank Gutman released a new plan, titled “Electrifying New York: An Electric Vehicle Vision Plan for New York City,” which seeks to drastically expand the city’s Electric Vehicle (EV) charging network. According to the plan, over the next decade, NYC will create one of the country’s largest EV charging networks to help reduce the city’s greenhouse gas emissions and combat climate change.

“With major federal investments in EV charging on the horizon, our plan lays the groundwork for a network of tens of thousands of public EV chargers equitably distributed across the city,” Gutman said.

The city’s announcement came on the same day Gov. Kathy Hochul signed legislation to require all new passenger cars and trucks sold in the state to be zero-emission vehicles by 2035. The zero-emission requirement will also apply to all medium-duty and heavy-duty vehicles by 2045. Hochul also directed the state Department of Environmental Conservation to release a proposed regulation designed to reduce air pollution from trucks.

To reach NYC’s ambitious goals, officials say that at least 400,000 vehicle owners will need to switch to electric vehicles by 2030. But if the city wants nearly half-a-million drivers to go electric so soon, it will need to build out its existing charging infrastructure to ensure that EV owners have ample opportunities to fuel up.

To that end, the city’s new plan calls for the installation of 40,000 public Level 2 (L2) chargers and 6,000 Direct Current (DC) fast chargers citywide by 2030. NYC will expand its network of city-operated DC fast chargers by over 80 plugs by 2025. Currently, there are 117 fast chargers located throughout the city – capable of producing an 80% charge in 30 to 60 minutes, depending on the vehicle. The DOT also will install 1,000 curbside charging stations throughout the five boroughs by 2025, with that number increasing to 10,000 curbside charging stations by 2030.

City officials will develop a plan for Level 2 and Level 1 user-supplied cord charging systems that integrate with existing street infrastructure and will advocate for federal funding to support its electrification initiatives.

Source: Transport Topics