New York City Plans Curbside EV Charging Stations

By Paul Riegler on 8 September 2021
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A 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 EV at a charging station in N.J.

New York City is planning to offer thousands of curbside public charging stations for electric vehicles and is currently rolling out a pilot program to test the concept.

PlugNYC, the program being operated as a partnership between the city, Con Edison, and Flo, an operator of EV charging infrastructure.

The city will install 34 stations for a total of 100 connectors across the five boroughs, as well as four stations with 20 connectors each for the city’s own EV fleet.

A single PlugNYC charging station will have two Level 2 chargers, which supply 240 volts of electricity to a vehicle and can dramatically decrease charging times over Level 1 chargers.

Parking spots directly next to the chargers will be reserved for charging purposes only.  The cost to charge an EV will be $1 per hour from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. and $2.50 per hour at other times.  Drivers can pay using a dedicated app or via a website.

Many parts of New York City are EV-charging deserts, where there are few if any chargers that are conveniently located, except for some apartment buildings where they are available for use by residents only.

CORRECTION – September 9, 2021 3:35 p.m. EDT

An earlier version of this article stated that the $1 per hour fee would be in effect from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m..  That fee will be in effect from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m..  The error has since been corrected.  FBT regrets the error.

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